Legislators approve Indiana Career Council plan

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legislators have approved a plan to create a statewide jobs council to close Indiana's "skills gap" and help lower its stubborn unemployment rate.

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve the bill creating a 16-member Indiana Career Council led by Gov. Mike Pence with government, education and business leaders. By December it's supposed to prepare a plan for matching the state's workforce training programs and available jobs.

Supporters say the council should help eliminate barriers and spread information about available training programs at a time when the state's jobless rate remains above 8 percent.

The House has approved a similar version of the bill. Representatives now will consider changes made by the Senate.

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