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12:59 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Indiana Jobs Panel Would Target Veterans' Unemployment

Indiana legislative leaders say they want a proposed statewide career council to include efforts to reduce the state's high jobless rate among military veterans.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says 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 the Guard now has several programs to assist veterans but appreciates more help in trying to find jobs for them.

The House today passed the bill to create the career council gathering government, education and business leaders to study the state's workforce training programs and available jobs.