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October 24, 2013

Program helps vets find jobs Nov. 7

STILLWATER, Okla. — Veterans returning from active duty are ready to continue in civilian life and many take their first step by searching for a job. However, across the nation, that goal can be difficult to attain.

“Nationwide, it’s a lot bigger problem than it is in Oklahoma,” said Oklahoma Department of CareerTech Coordinator of Military Initiatives Levi Valdois. “We’ve seen numbers nationally, in some states, (showing) up to 21 percent unemployment for veterans. In Oklahoma, we are actually have one of the lowest (rates) in the nation.”

The last numbers Valdois saw showed Oklahoma with an unemployment rate between 4.8 to 5.3 percent.

A statewide initiative from CareerTech, the Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma State University and the National Guard’s Employment Coordination Program has united the entities to help veterans find a job through military hiring events.

One such event takes place in Stillwater at Merdian Technology Center Nov. 7. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, the event is open to military-related job seekers only. However, from noon to 2:30 p.m., all job seekers are invited to attend.

“What we see from employers when we do these hiring events is as long as the person has the good work ethic and the skills, there is a job for them,” he said.

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