INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 15, 2013) — The Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a plan to create a new statewide jobs council aimed at closing Indiana’s “skills gap” to help lower its unemployment rate, the Associated Press reported.
Unemployment in the state has hovered around the 8 percent mark since March 2012. In December, it was 8.2 percent.
House members unanimously approved the measure, which creates a 16-member Indiana Career Council led by the governor with government, education and business leaders. If passed, the council would be charged with preparing a plan for matching up Indiana’s workforce training programs and available jobs, the AP said.
The council should help eliminate barriers and spread information about available training programs throughout Indiana, according to Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma, who co-sponsored the bill with Democratic House leader Scott Pelath.
The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.