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Indiana's Unemployement Rate Not Getting Better

Last updated on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

(UNDATED) - Despite showing signs of economic recovery, Indiana’s unemployment rate has hovered around 8 percent for more than a year.

IPBS reports, the forecast is even more dire for Indiana's youth. Ball State economist Cecil Bohanon says the unemployment rate among Hoosiers age 20 to 24 is above 12 percent. Include 16- to 19-year olds and it goes up to 15 percent. Bohanon says missing out on Jobs at those ages can have negative effects throughout their working lives.

Bohanon says one way to fix that is encouraging the shift in thinking about post-secondary education - namely, simply getting a four year college degree is not necessarily the best option, which is why Governor Mike Pence says he is emphasizing a renewed focus on career and vocational education in Indiana's high schools.

Pence says the new Indiana Career Council and Regional Works Councils will help facilitate the creation of high school career and vocational education programs that are tailored to the specific workforce needs of the state's different areas.

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