A Free Job Fair for Veterans, Active-Duty Personnel, Guard and Reserve Members and Spouses
February 20, 2013 (10am-1pm)
Rio Rancho/Santa Ana Star Center
3001 Civic Center Circle NE
(RIO RANCHO, NM)— Veterans, Guard & Reserve members, active-duty personnel, and their spouses looking for employment are strongly encouraged to attend the free 2013 Sandoval County Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair on February 20 from 10am to 1pm at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, located at 3001 Civic Center Circle NE.
This unique job fair is also free for employers. It is presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the New Mexico Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion and other local partners.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the December nationwide unemployment rate for all veterans was at 7%--slightly lower than the national “general” (veteran and non-veteran) rate of 7.8%--the difference is markedly different between the newest and youngest generation of veterans compared to the similarly-aged “general” population.
For veterans aged 18-24—men and women who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan--the December unemployment rate is a startling 22.7%. By comparison, the 18-24 “general population” rate was 14.4%.
Hiring Our Heroes was launched by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s network of 1600 state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the goal is to create a movement across America to hire qualified veterans for jobs—veterans who possess unique training and discipline acquired through their military experience.
Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 400 hiring fairs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. More than 14,100 veterans and military spouses have obtained jobs through this coordinated effort.