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Hoosiers filing unemployment will have to prove they're looking for work again starting June 1

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Posted at 5:31 PM, May 07, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order Tuesday reinstating a requirement for people filing for unemployment benefits to show they are searching for work.

The requirement was waived at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was authorized by the federal government at the height of the pandemic, according to a press release from the governor's office.

Starting June 1, Hoosiers requesting benefits will need to actively search for full-time work, according to the executive order. Activities to search for work include applying for a job, attending a job fair, participating in a WorkOne orientation or complete an online workshop.

In a statement Friday evening, Holcomb said he directed the Department of Workforce Development to provide all needed support services for those out of work.

You can read his full statement below:

I’ve asked the Department of Workforce Development to complete a demographic analysis of unemployed Hoosiers over the past 16 months so I have the best information available to make an informed decision about whether the state should continue to participate in federal pandemic unemployment programs. Part of that analysis is to compare our workforce now versus before the start of the pandemic. Our unemployment rate stands at 3.9 percent, which is near pre-pandemic levels, and our labor force mirrors pre-pandemic levels, when we also had worker shortages. We must concentrate on building the right pathways to match people with the skill sets employers need and to attract more people to join our workforce.

In the meantime, I’ll issue an executive order early next week that will reinstate the requirement that unemployment insurance claimants actively seek employment and be available for work, which we have waived since the beginning of the pandemic. I’ve also directed DWD to assure we are providing all needed support services for those who are out of work.