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Indy Employment Goal: Returning 15,000 Disaffected Workers to Workforce

Five-year plan seeks to break down economic,psychological barriers to employment

Thirty thousand young people in Indianapolis have given up on the workforce. Indy's set a goal of putting half of them to work in five years.

EmployIndy will focus on 12 particularly hard-hit neighborhoods in the central city and on the eastside, plus Lawrence. The plan is to collaborate with other agencies on a support network to address underlying issues from child care to substance abuse, while helping people gain more marketable skills.

EmployIndy CEO Angie Carr Klitzsch says too many young people have become disconnected from the workforce, either because of those obstacles, or because the promise of a better-paying job is too far in the future to envision. Rather than take a service job that doesn't pay enough to cover transportation and child care costs, they stay out of the workforce. Carr Klitzsch says agencies plan to work together to provide transporation and child care help, and encourage businesses to use "micropromotions" to counteract that dead-end feeling.

EmployIndy CEO Angie Carr Klitszch (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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