2012-10-18 / Community News

Hiring Red, White & You!

Veterans Job Fairs to be Held November 15

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host veterans job fairs statewide on November 15. The job fairs are part of TWC’s Hiring Red, White & You! campaign, 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 the Texas Veterans Commission to connect our returning veterans in Texas with employers who are hiring.

“The talent and experiences our veterans bring back from their service in the military are an important, and, all too often, untapped resource for our communities,” Gov. Perry said. “The Hiring Red, White & You! campaign is a great opportunity to help veterans utilize their skills to get a job in Texas, and help employers find talented and experienced individuals to fill open job opportunities.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the national unemployment rate for all veterans is 6.7 percent(1). In contrast, for those veterans who served in the military post 9/11, the unemployment rate is higher at 9.7 percent(2).

“The Hiring Red, White & You! statewide job fair event seeks to connect Texas veterans with Texas employers who value the skills, experience, discipline and other exceptional qualities inherent with a military background,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “These job fairs will feature an unprecedented statewide employment effort aimed at making the transition of our veterans to the civilian labor force a successful one. I also encourage our veterans to take advantage of the services available to them at Workforce Solutions offices across the state.”

The Hiring Red, White & You! statewide hiring event will help provide opportunities for employment to the estimated 922,000(3) veterans in the Texas workforce.

“We have an obligation to do everything we can to ensure veterans have every opportunity to help them make a successful transition to the civilian world,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor, Ronny Congleton. “These job fairs are a great chance for vets to find jobs in their area.”

TWC certifies employer claims for the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which allows employers to receive up to $9,600 on federal business income or payroll tax benefits when they hire from certain qualified groups of veterans.

“This tax credit is a bonus for employers who hire veterans,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers, Tom Pauken. “The real advantage to hiring a veteran is that employers get a dependable, hard-working, experienced individual who will be an asset to their business. TWC encourages Texas employers to participate in Hiring Red, White & You!”

Information on how employers can participate in Hiring Red, White & You! job fairs may be found at texasworkforce.org/svcs/ vetsvcs/ hiring- red- whiteyou. html. To view the Hiring Red, White & You! Public Service Announcement featuring Gov. Perry and Dr. Duke, access TWC’s YouTube channel at texasworkforce.org/twcinfo/ social-media-disclaimer.html.

(1)BLS: Data as of Sept. 2012, veterans 18 and over, not seasonally adjusted. (2)BLS: Data as of Sept. 2012, Gulf War-era II veterans, not seasonally adjusted. (3)BLS: Current Population Survey 2011 annual average, not seasonally adjusted. Estimates are with a large sampling error.

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