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Hoosiers on Unemployment Will Have to Prove They Are Searching for Work

An Executive Order signed by Indiana's governor on Tuesday requires Hoosiers receiving unemployment benefits to prove they're actively seeking a job, effective June 1.

Posted: May 11, 2021 2:33 PM
Updated: May 11, 2021 7:31 PM

On Tuesday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed Executive Order 21-13, which reinstates more stringent requirements for Hoosiers looking to receive unemployment benefits.

According to the Executive Order, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will resume its pre-pandemic rules starting on June 1, meaning that individuals receiving unemployment benefits must:

  • Be actively seeking full-time work
  • Be able and available for full-time work
  • Participate in job counseling services when required
  • Establish good cause for any separation from employment
  • File timely claims for unemployment benefits

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the rules previously required by the DWD to qualify for unemployment benefits were waived to make filing for the benefits easier.

The DWD says Hoosiers looking to receive unemployment benefits will have to complete a work-search activity each week to prove that they're actively seeking employment.

According to the DWD's web page, qualifying work-search activity includes submitting a job application, contacting an employer about job openings, interviewing for a job, job shadowing, and more.

More tools and information on the DWD's work search activities can be found on

You can see the full Executive Order signed by Gov. Holcomb on Tuesday below:

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