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Purdue University Fort Wayne Hosts Annual Job Fair

Aug 8, 2018
Araceli Gomez-Aldana

Purdue University Fort Wayne hosted their annual job fair Wednesday, a partnership between the university, WorkOne and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City). 

The job fair hosted 73 companies and employment agencies, with a total of 3,700 open positions.

Purdue-Fort Wayne officials said they want to attract potential job seekers around the area, as well as students getting ready to start the school year.

Mark Perry

You may not be hearing Christmas music when you shop right now, but make no mistake, the holiday shopping season began this week. Retail experts are forecasting online sales will outpace in-store shopping for the first time ever this holiday season. WBOI’s Mark Perry reports how the growing online marketplace is changing the retail workforce in Northeast Indiana.

The internet isn’t destroying retail jobs – it’s just shifting them. That’s according to George Andersen, Editor in Chief and Publisher of Retail Wire.

City of Fort Wayne Adding 15 More Firefighters

Aug 4, 2015
Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

The Fort Wayne Fire Department announced Monday it will hire new firefighters with a $1.4 million grant. The firefighters will fill positions that have been vacant.

At a minimum, there needs to be four firefighters per truck when responding to an emergency.

But when some firefighters retired in recent years, their positions remained empty, meaning others had to work extra hours.

Captain Tom Helmkamp says this overtime means long hours spent away from his family.

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

It’s not a bad time to be a recent college graduate looking for a job in Indiana – if you’re in the right field. 

A new study from Georgetown University analyzed data from online job ads. It finds employers advertise more than 60 percent of openings online, and up to 90 percent of those require at least a bachelor’s degree. The findings do not reflect market competitiveness, or the pool of actual job seekers. 

Overall, Indiana ranked 37th for online college labor markets, with about 25,000 jobs posted. 

Courtesy / NOD

Nearly half of all military veterans returning to the workforce leave their jobs in the first year. But one organization, the National Organization on Disability, is helping employers focus on retaining, not just recruiting, veterans to the workforce.

The unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans in Indiana is more than double the state average. Nationally, the turnover rate for veterans returning to the workforce is about 50 percent in the first year, and about 75 percent within two years. 

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