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The Texas Workforce Commission offers thanks to its 28 Workforce Solutions partners, the Texas Veterans Commission, the Texas Medical Center, Gov. Rick Perry and Dr. James H. “Red” Duke Jr., and the more than 1,100 employers who participated in the Hiring Red, White & You! job fairs for veterans and military spouses on November 15, 2012.
Hiring Red, White & You! connected Texas veterans and their spouses with Texas employers who value the experience, discipline and other exceptional qualities inherent with a military background. The statewide job fair encouraged Texas employers to help veterans in Texas transition into the civilian workforce.
The events were held at big venues like Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and Reliant Center in Houston as well as civic and community centers and military-friendly venues like American Legion Post 54 in Amarillo and the Bryan United States Army Reserve Center.
There are more than 1.7 million veterans in Texas. With the recent end of America’s nine-year war in Iraq and the current drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a mass of unemployed veterans are returning home to the United States It is estimated that there are 922,000 veterans in Texas who are eligible for work. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the national unemployment rate for all veterans is 6.3 percent. In contrast, for those veterans who served in the military post 9/11, the unemployment rate is 10.0 percent.
These job fairs were part of an unprecedented statewide employment effort in hopes of serving those who have served for us.
Many thanks to all of the employers who participated in Hiring Red, White & You! and many thanks to our veterans!
Last Verified: November 16, 2012
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