INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb says he will issue an executive order this week that will reinstate the work requirement for those receiving state-level unemployment insurance benefits.
People seeking unemployment benefits must actively seek employment and be available for work, a requirement the state has waived since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ohio re-introduced its work requirement in December 2020 and Kentucky did the same in April.
Gov. Holcomb has also asked the Department of Workforce Development to complete a “demographic analysis” of unemployed Hoosiers over the last 16 months so he can make a decision about whether the state should continue to participate in federal pandemic unemployment programs.
Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.9-percent, which is near pre-pandemic levels.