BLAIR – Boomer Blair news talked with Governor Pete Ricketts earlier this afternoon- he says the cost of the state’s unemployment program is much smaller this year – due in part to a more active approach to getting unemployed people back to work – and helping to fill jobs. The changes enacted to the state’s unemployment program included a more aggressive work search and limiting the length of unemployment. He says many of the industries in Washington County, including Novozymes, Cargill and others are encouraged to check the resumes of unemployed people when seeking employees. He says grants for school students to explore some of those technical jobs are increasing – normally the state gives out two grants, this year, it’s twelve. Governor Ricketts says the changes to the unemployment program reduced the cost by 24 million dollars.