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Job Fair Takes Aim At High Veteran Unemployment Rate

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Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center Building #823, Area A, Gate 12A • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433";

The statewide unemployment rate in Ohio, as of November, was about 5 percent, but for Veterans that number stands at almost 7 percent. With those figures in mind, the Ohio Military Veterans Resource Center is holding a job fair for veterans Wednesday at Wright-Patt. More than 40 “military-friendly employers” will be on hand to help Vets and their families find jobs.

Abby Reynolds with the resource center says Vets have additional challenges entering the civilian job market.

"The structure and the culture is different so translating their skills and experiences to a civilian employer is one of the major barriers," Reynolds said.

This is the second annual job fair the veteran's organization has held.  In a statement released Tuesday, MVRC Executive Director Len Proper said, "Companies across industries are attending and will be looking for qualified veterans to fill immediate openings."

Proper added that, "Last year, over 200 military job seekers attended. Many received interview invitations and were connected with their current employer."

The job fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hope Hotel at Wright-Patt AFB.

For more information about the job fair, or the non-profit MVRC contact Kelley Koons at 937-329-9559, or email kelley.koons@milvetsrc.org.

Jerry began volunteering at WYSO in 1991 and hosting Sunday night's Alpha Rhythms in 1992. He joined the YSO staff in 2007 as Morning Edition Host, then All Things Considered. He's hosted Sunday morning's WYSO Weekend since 2008 and produced several radio dramas and specials . In 2009 Jerry received the Best Feature award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., and was named the 2023 winner of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Best Anchor/News Host award. His current, heart-felt projects include the occasional series Bulletin Board Diaries, which focuses on local, old-school advertisers and small business owners. He has also returned as the co-host Alpha Rhythms.
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