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Job Fair Takes Aim At High Veteran Unemployment Rate

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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 Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.