updated: 9/17/2012 7:22:29 AM
A huge Wayne County investment by an Ohio company could help bring down the unemployment rate among the area's unskilled workers. Sugar Creek Packing Inc. is planning to eventually employ 400 as part of a $28.5 million investment in the former Really Cool Foods plant in Cambridge City. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Wayne County Board of Commissioners Past Chair Gary Hackman says the new jobs could help fill a specific need in the area.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports the July unemployment rate for Wayne County was 10.5 percent, which is tied for third highest in the state. Most of those out of work in the county are believed to be in the "unskilled" category.
Hackman also says the project could have a regional impact by potentially employing people in Wayne, Fayette, Henry, Randolph counties and some from border communities in Ohio.
Fayette County has the state highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent.
Hackman points out the deal comes as local economic development officials also focus on existing businesses. He says the area's economic development commission has made around $330 million in grants to seven companies that have helped retain 900 jobs and create 50 others.
Source: Inside INdiana Business