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Justin Hicks

Reporter, IPBS News

Justin Hicks covers statewide workforce development and employment issues. Before moving to Indiana, Justin was a freelance journalist and audio producer in New York City covering a variety of topics from crime to classical music. Justin is a graduate of New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and Appalachian State University.

Recent Posts by Justin Hicks

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April 9, 2020

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Indiana Unemployment Claims Surge For Third Consecutive Week

Indiana Unemployment Claims Surge For Third Consecutive Week

The country’s surge in unemployment continued another week with more than 6.5 million new applications for unemployment insurance. The state’s initial jobless claims are just under 134,000.

April 8, 2020

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DWD Gives Update On Federal CARES Act Unemployment Insurance Benefits Changes

DWD Gives Update On Federal CARES Act Unemployment Insurance Benefits Changes

DWD Chief of Staff Josh Richardson says the agency’s IT staff still need more time to build an electronic system to open up benefits for self-employed people and workers with limited work history.

April 7, 2020

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DWD Says Still No Timeline For Self-Employed Workers To Get Benefits

DWD Says Still No Timeline For Self-Employed Workers To Get Benefits

The Department of Workforce Development still has no deadline for when unemployment benefits, authorized by federal law, will reach self-employed Hoosiers.

April 6, 2020

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DWD Says Still No Timeline For Self-Employed Workers To Get Benefits

DWD Says Still No Timeline For Self-Employed Workers To Get Benefits

DWD’s Commissioner Fred Payne says staff are working to implement the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program as soon as possible, but he still has no definite timeline.

April 6, 2020

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Could Indiana's Unemployment Benefits System Have Been Better Prepared For COVID-19?

Could Indiana's Unemployment Benefits System Have Been Better Prepared For COVID-19?

Tens of thousands of Hoosiers lost their jobs due to measures that help prevent COVID-19. The sheer amount and speed of layoffs are putting enormous strain on the unemployment insurance system.

April 1, 2020

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Federal Law Provides Workers Paid Leave Due To Virus

Federal Law Provides Workers Paid Leave Due To Virus

A federal law took effect Wednesday requiring some employers to give paid sick and family leave to workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoosier businesses covered by the law will have to comply or face penalties.

March 31, 2020

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Indiana Unemployment Claims More Than Double As COVID-19 Shutters Manufacturing

Indiana Unemployment Claims More Than Double As COVID-19 Shutters Manufacturing

Blakeman anticipates the state will continue to see unusually high initial claim numbers next week as large companies turn furloughs into layoffs.

March 31, 2020

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Self-Employed Hoosiers Still Waiting On Promised Unemployment Insurance

Self-Employed Hoosiers Still Waiting On Promised Unemployment Insurance

Josh Richardson is the chief of staff at the Department of Workforce Development. He says the agency is doing everything it can to prepare based on past disaster unemployment programs.

March 30, 2020

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Some Indiana Instacart Workers Participate In National Strike, But Feel Conflicted

Some Indiana Instacart Workers Participate In National Strike, But Feel Conflicted

Workers are asking for personal protective equipment and better pay. Some workers in the state are joining the strike, but feel conflicted about leaving vulnerable people without groceries during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

March 26, 2020

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Hoosiers Make Up Almost 2% Of National Unemployment Application Record

Hoosiers Make Up Almost 2% Of National Unemployment Application Record

Nearly 3.3 million Americans filed to receive unemployment benefits last week, the most ever in one week according to the Department of Labor. That number includes almost 54,000 Hoosiers.

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