SCILL Step-Up Welding Program Achieves Approved Provider Status with Indiana Department of Workforce Development

by rgifford Tue, April 30 2013 20:11

The Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning (SCILL) has received notification from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) that its Step-Up Welding Program has achieved Approved Provider Status with DWD.  DWD had previously granted the same status to the SCILL Beginning Welding Program which is just finishing its second 12-week class.  While the Beginning Welding Program is for those with no welding experience, the Step-Up Program is designed for those who have basic welding skills but are looking for American Welding Society (AWS) certification, or for those who wish to gain additional welding skills and/or become certified in one or more AWS classifications.

A program that has achieved this status makes students in that program eligible for WorkOne training dollars, if they meet the qualifications of WorkOne. For additional information on either program, contact SCILL at 574-772-8001.  SCILL was created by the Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF) in 1996 to assure that a qualified workforce was available to Starke County employers.

Indiana Offering Free Online Training Courses

by rgifford Mon, April 30 2012 22:54

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has announced that it is now offering a series of free and online training sessions to help people in Indiana build the skills they need to obtain the job they want.  Successful completion of these online courses could lead to a National Career Readiness Certificate, which could be of assistance in attempting to land a job.

At the present time, there are 10 different courses to choose from, which are the following:

  • Reading for Information
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Locating Information
  • Listening
  • Observation
  • Applied Technology
  • Writing
  • Business Writing
  • Work Habits (Soft Skills)
  • Teamwork
This courseware is available free of charge to Indiana residents as well as employers who may be wanting to update their employees' knowledge and abilites.
For more information about this program and to register, go to www.in.gov/dwd/2710.htm.

County Unemployment Rate Rises in January

by rgifford Thu, March 15 2012 17:15

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) this week released unemployment figures for the month of January, 2012 for each Indiana county as well as the State of Indiana.  The State of Indiana showed a decrease in its rate from December of 2011 to January of 2012 of 0.2% down to 8.7%.  The national rate for the month was reported at 8.3%, also a decrease of 0.2%.

County-by-county for January showed that 86 of the 92 counties reflected an increase in their individual rates, including Starke County which saw an increase of 1.2%, from a revised 10.5% rate for December, up to 11.7% for January.  Indiana reports its own rate using seasonably adjusted figures, while they report individual counties using non-seasonably adjusted rates.  That results in a lower state rate than would otherwise be reported if the same methods of reporting were used.

Indiana continues to enjoy the second lowest rate among all adjoining states, with Ohio being the lowest at 7.7%.  Indiana added 13,000 private sector jobs in January, which was the largest monthly increase in over a year.

County Unemployment Rate Up Slightly; State Rate Holds Steady

by rgifford Thu, December 22 2011 17:10

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) earlier this week released its unemployment report for the month of November.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics had earlier released its own report showing that the national unemployment rate had dipped to 8.6% after being at 9.0% in October.  For November, the State of Indiana rate stayed at 9.0%, while the Starke County rate increased slightly from 10.3% up to 10.5%.  In a mixed bag of reporting, about half of all Indiana counties saw some increase in their rate from October, and about the same number saw a decrease.  On the national level, 42 states reported a decrease, 3 went up, and 4 stayed the same.

Starke County Unemployment Rate on the Rise in October

by rgifford Wed, November 23 2011 16:40

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has released its unemployment report for the month of October.  A total of 71 of Indiana's 92 counties saw an increase in their rate from the September report, including Starke County.  The rate for Starke County increased from 10.1% to 10.3%, putting the rate back to where it was in August of this year.  The rate for the State of Indiana also increased to 9.0%, which matches the national unemployment rate for the month of October.

Indiana continues to have the lowest rate in the Midwest region, tying Ohio, while being considerably lower than Michigan, Illinois, and Kentucky.

Starke County Unemployment Rate Down in September

by rgifford Fri, October 21 2011 19:42

While the U.S. and State of Indiana unemployment rates either went up or stayed the same for September, the Indiana office of Workforce Development (DWD), in a report issued this morning, found that the Starke County rate went down to 10.1% from 10.3% in August.  The U.S. rate remained at 9.1% and the Indiana rate went up from 8.7% to 8.9%.  However, Indiana remained at a lower rate than any of the four contigious states for the 8th consecutive month.  Those states have a range of 9.8% up to 11.9%.

The Starke County rate is now down from 12.1% recorded in January of this year and is the second month in a row that it has been down from the previous month.

Starke County Sees Decline in Unemployment for August

by rgifford Tue, September 20 2011 20:41

Starke County reached a milestone of sorts last week with the release of new unemployment figures by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) for the month of August.  First, Starke County was one of only 29 counties in Indiana to see a decrease in its unemployment rate from the previous month, going from 10.4% down to 10.3%.  Second, for the first time since October of 2009, Starke County was not listed among the top ten counties in the State of Indiana for the highest unemployment rate.  Third, the 10.3% rate is down from the 12.1% rate for January of this year.  Fourth, Starke County registered a decrease in its rate, while the State of Indiana went from 8.5% up to 8.7%, and the U.S. unemployment rate stayed the same at 9.1%.  As far as neighboring states was concerned, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky all remained higher than Indiana, registering from a low of 9.1% to a high of 11.2%.

State and County Unemployment Rates Up Slightly in July

by rgifford Fri, August 19 2011 19:49

The Indiana Office of Workforce Development today issued its July unemployment report for both the State of Indiana as well as each Indiana County.  The Indiana rate increased .2% from June to finish at 8.5%, while the Starke County rate grew from 10.3 to 10.4% for the month.

THe neighboring states of Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Michigan all saw increases in their unemployment rates from June to July, with Ohio at 9.0%, Kentucky and Illinois at 9.5%, and Michigan at 10.9%.

State, County, and National Unemployment Rates Rise in June

by rgifford Mon, July 25 2011 17:56

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has issued its June report of unemployment rates around the State, which report lists Starke County with the State's 5th highest level of unemployment at 10.3%, up one-tenth from May's revised rate of 10.2%.  The State as a whole also increased from 8.1% in May to 8.3% in June, while the national unemployment rate rose from 9.1% up to 9.2% for the month.  Indiana continued to have the lowest rate among its contiguous states, with Ohio at 8.8%, Illinois at 9.2%, Kentucky at 9.6%, and Michigan at 10.5%.

Even at the reported rate of 10.3%, Starke County has seen a decrease in such rate from 12.1% in January of 2011.


Starke County Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

by rgifford Fri, June 17 2011 20:44

Starke County was one of only 19 counties in the State of Indiana which registered a decrease in its unemployment rate from April to May according to figures just released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) for the month of May. The May report showed Starke County going down from 10.2% in April (a revised number from that previously reported) to 10.1% in April.  In addition, the rate for the county has dropped a full two percentage points since January, 2011, when the rate was 12.1%.

The State of Indiana registered no change in its overall unemployment rate, remaining at 8.2%, while the national uemployment rate grew from 9.0% in April to 9.1% in May.

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"The first thing we have to do is prove we’re credible and then deliver results. We have done that. Give us a task and we’ll get the job done." Charles Weaver, Executive Director

Starke County location and logistics create opportunities:

  • A 90-minute drive to downtown Chicago
  • In the heart of Indiana, the "Crossroads of America"
  • Midway between the east coast and the Rocky Mountains
  • In the NAFTA Super Highway corridor
  • One day’s drive within one-third of the population of the United States
  • Excellent service from class-one and short line railroads

The Starke County Economic Development Foundation delivers on our promises to make your move here easier than you ever thought possible. We have:

  • Built and leased back spec buildings
  • Constructed lead track and rail spurs
  • Installed water tower, water mains, and sewer infrastructure
  • Upgraded highway interchanges
  • Continue to assemble land for development

The Foundation has built a reputation as the LEDO that partners with you to get the job done.

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