Inside INdiana Business

More layoffs as unemployment claims surge

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INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — In what has become a daily occurrence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more businesses in Indiana are letting workers go and the number of people filing for unemployment assistance is rapidly increasing. Two manufacturers have detailed layoffs in separate notices to the state, affecting a total of nearly 700 employees.

Michigan-based Busche Performance Group says it has implemented a temporary layoff at its facilities in the northeast Indiana towns of Albion and Avilla, as well as the Johnson County city of Franklin. The company, which manufactures components for the automotive industry, says about 450 employees will be affected.

Busche says it will continue to pay insurance benefits for the affected workers during the temporary shutdown for up to four weeks.

Meanwhile, Autoform Tool & Mfg. LLC in Angola says it is temporarily laying off 240 employees. The company also manufactures automotive components and says the layoffs will last “for an unknown duration.”

The WARN Notices each company filed with the state were posted Tuesday, the same day the latest number of unemployment claims was released. Last week, Indiana saw more than 120,000 unemployment insurance claims, which is a stark increase from the already high 53,000 claims filed the week before.

Marion County saw the highest number of claims at more than 13,000, followed by Allen, Elkhart, Lake and St. Joseph counties.