Marion County’s unemployment rate is currently at 12 percent, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. A new online employment website aims to help people connect with jobs and get needed training.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said the Rapid Re-employment Response site will provide opportunities for people to improve their employment position.
"Connecting individuals with higher paying jobs and providing them with the skills and resources to further their career," Hogsett said.
Hogsett directed a regional workforce partnership to create and manage the tool. Employ Indy’s Angela Carr Klizsch said it's easy to use.
"Visit the landing page and create a login, answer a few short questions about yourself and you’ll be directed to the most relevant resources," Carr Klizsch said.
The tool will incorporate the Ascend Indiana network with more than 400 employers on the platform. Ascend Indiana President and CEO Jason Kloth said they are focused on skills training.
"As the economy recovers, individuals that don’t have the relevant skills will struggle to find good paying jobs," Kloth said.
He said, at the same time, many employers need workers with specific skills.
The effort is funded with more than $1 million in federal CARES act funding.