News and Tribune

February 12, 2013

Vet unemployment target of new Indiana jobs panel


The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana legislative leaders say they hope a new statewide career council will help focus efforts to reduce the state’s high jobless rate among military veterans.

House Speaker Brian Bosma said Tuesday he was startled to learn that 20 percent of Indiana’s post 9/11 veterans are unemployed. Bosma says the bill establishing the Indiana Career Council was amended to include a requirement that it involve military and veterans organizations as its proposals are developed.

Indiana National Guard Brig. Gen. Brian Copes says it now has several programs to assist veterans but appreciates more help in trying to find jobs for them.

The House is considering a bill to create the career council gathering government, education and business leaders to study the state’s workforce training programs and available jobs.