Gov. Eric Holcomb today signed an executive order mandating Hoosiers requesting unemployment benefits from the state to be actively seeking full-time work starting on June 1.
The federal government authorized states to waive work search requirements during the height of the pandemic.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will once again require a weekly work search report from Hoosiers requesting unemployment benefits. Work search activities include applying for a job, attending a job fair, participating in a WorkOne orientation, or completing an online workshop.
DWD will notify affected Hoosiers about these changes to allow time to prepare for the renewed requirements. For more information on the state’s work search program, visit https://www.in.gov/dwd/
The order also rescinds other emergency provisions that are no longer needed or will become effective by law. This action will enable an effective transition.
Democrats criticized the Governor’s move.
“The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on why a living wage is necessary in order for Hoosier families to have a shot at a better future in Indiana,” said Lauren Ganapini, executive director for the Indiana Democratic Party. “So while Governor Holcomb is guiding Hoosiers back to a pre-pandemic normalcy, we cannot ignore the reality that it’s time for Indiana to increase its minimum wage and provide better opportunities for our workers. Over 892,000 Hoosiers currently earn a minimum wage job, and while it’s a goal for every worker to achieve their highest potential, we must do everything possible to create a bridge to help all Hoosiers succeed.”