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Second Annual Hiring Red, White & You! Veterans Job Fairs to be Held Nov. 14

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Job fairs for veterans and spouses hosted by 28 local workforce development board areas across Texas

The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) will host veterans job fairs statewide on Nov. 14. TWC’s Second Annual Hiring Red, White & You! campaign is a joint initiative supported by Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Medical Center surgeon and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston professor Dr. James H. “Red” Duke Jr., and TVC to connect our returning veterans in Texas with employers who are hiring.

“The Hiring Red, White & You! campaign is one way we can thank Texas’ veterans for their service to our nation,” said Gov. Rick Perry.  “We want to do everything in our power to help our heroes utilize their skills to build a career in Texas, and connect employers with these talented and experienced individuals to fill open job opportunities.”

Hiring Red White & You! jobs fairs are designed to help veterans and their spouses connect with their next career opportunity. Employers may participate at no cost and are encouraged to contact their local Workforce Solutions office for more information. Last year’s Hiring Red, White & You! job fairs attracted more than 12,000 veterans and 1,400 employers statewide, and resulted in approximately 2,800 hires by participating employers.

“Military veterans possess the skills, discipline and leadership experience that are ideally suited to employers in need of a ready workforce,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “The Hiring Red, White & You! statewide employment effort connects veterans with employment and helps them successfully transition to the civilian labor force.”

The Texas Veterans Commission is preparing veterans for these events by conducting workshops across the state. These workshops are designed to assist veterans with applications, résumé assistance, interviewing techniques, as well as one-on-one counseling services.

“Hiring Veterans is not just good will, but it is great for business,” said Thomas Palladino, the Texas Veterans Commission Executive Director. “Events like these are just another example of how our state government partners with the private sector to ensure that veterans and their families obtain long-time meaningful employment.”

The national unemployment rate for all veterans is 6.2 percent1. In contrast, for those veterans who served in the military post 9/11, the unemployment rate is higher at 10 percent2. The Hiring Red, White & You! statewide hiring campaign will help provide opportunities for employment to the estimated 1.7 million3 veterans in the Texas.

“Military veterans have many skills and credentials qualifying them for work in a variety of occupations,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “These job fairs are a great chance for veterans to expand their network and gain faster entry into rewarding careers in Texas. I also encourage our veterans to take advantage of services available at Workforce Solutions offices across the state.”

Among other benefits of hiring veterans, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit allows employers to receive up to a $9,600 tax credit on federal business income or payroll tax benefits when they hire a qualifying veteran.

“The Hiring Red, White, & You! event benefits both our Texas veterans and employers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. “Our highly-skilled veterans can start their civilian careers and our employers are matched with the skilled workers they have been looking for. We encourage Texas employers to participate in this great event.”

Information on how employers and job seekers can participate in Hiring Red, White & You! job fairs may be found at www.texasworkforce.org/hrwy. Please note that some job fair locations have changed since last year. To view the Hiring Red, White & You! Public Service Announcement featuring Gov. Perry and Dr. Duke, visit www.texasworkforce.org/twcinfo/social-media-disclaimer.html to access TWC’s YouTube channel. For information on all veteran workforce services available in Texas, visit vets.texasworkforce.org.

  •  BLS: Data as of Aug. 2013, veterans 18 and over, not seasonally adjusted. 
  • BLS: Data as of Aug. 2013, Gulf War-era II veterans, not seasonally adjusted.
  • U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Data as of Sept. 2012.

The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit www.texasworkforce.org.

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