Business briefs: Proposed neighborhood withdrawn


HANCOCK COUNTY — Indianapolis-based Arbor Homes is no longer pursuing an idea for a neighborhood the developer pitched to county officials earlier this year.

Late last month, the Hancock County Area Plan Commission was slated to consider a recommendation on rezoning land sought by Arbor Homes for the project, but the company withdrew its request.

Called Magnolia Manor, the community was proposed for a maximum of 467 lots on about 140 acres near the southeast corner of CR 800W and 600N. Two kinds of residences were envisioned for the neighborhood — Arbor Homes’ traditional single-family product and a new line designed at a lower price point for first-time home-buyers.

Arbor Homes did not return a request for comment.

Unemployment drops below 2%

HANCOCK COUNTY — The county’s estimated unemployment rate for April is 1.7%, according to information released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, down from March’s 2.3% and April 2021’s 2.7%.

The latest figure ranks Hancock County tied with several other Indiana counties for the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the state. LaGrange and Boone Counties have the lowest, at 1.3%, while Lake County has the highest, at 3.9%.

Indiana’s estimated unemployment rate for April is 2.2%, down from March’s 2.7% and April 2021’s 3.9%.

The nation’s estimated rate is 3.3% for April, down from March’s 3.8% and April 2021’s 5.7%.

State chamber updates employer guide

INDIANAPOLIS — One of the Indiana Chamber’s most popular business publications has just been updated. The Worker’s Compensation Handbook features the latest information for employers for handling worker’s compensation issues.

Authored by attorneys at Due Doyle Fanning & Alderfer, LLP in Indianapolis, the guide is designed to prepare readers for the benefit rate changes effective in 2023 — the first since 2016 — and provides tools for compliance and participation.

Besides the updated general information, key topics covered include compensability considerations, statutory benefits, dispute resolution, claims issues and a complete collection of forms.

The Seventh Edition of the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Handbook is available as a traditional book or e-pub. To order it or peruse the Indiana Chamber’s entire library of business resources, visit