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Report Helps Displaced Auto Workers Find New Jobs

A report funded by the Department of Labor gives displaced Indiana auto workers advice on how to find new jobs.

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Photo: Bill Shaw/WTIU News

The Indiana auto industry is slowly recovering, but many who lost their jobs during the recession still do not have work.

Many Indiana auto workers that were laid off during the recession are still without jobs despite the recent growth in the auto industry. New research funded by the U.S. Department of Labor tries to help those workers get back on their feet by exploring new career options.

The report pushed by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Business Research Center analyzed job opportunities for workers in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

IBRC Director of Economic Analysis Timothy Slaper says the number of displaced auto workers in Indiana has increased dramatically in the past ten years. Now, he says, the auto manufacturers are seeing some modest growth in spite of slow economic recovery.

“They are actually doing some hiring, but it’s not to the degree to which it’ll be able to re-absorb all the displaced auto workers,” he says.”

Slaper says the report suggest ways auto workers can modify their existing skills to make themselves more competitive in other fields outside of the auto industry.

“They can very easily come up with a strategy to help that individual say all right I’m now want to move from being an auto team assembler to an HPAC technician,” he says.

The new system outlined in the report provides training in 800 different jobs for auto workers and other displaced by the recession.

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