Mayor Allen Joines is proclaiming the week of Nov. 11 – 17 “Employ a Veteran Week” in support of an initiative by the N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions to raise awareness of the number of military veterans who need jobs.
“It is appropriate that our community embrace these veterans who have served to protect our freedom, by working hard to ensure they can secure meaningful jobs when they return home,” Joines said. “These men and women offer potential employers a strong work ethic and well-developed skills.”
Statewide, 60,430 veterans and other eligible persons registered for some type of employment assistance, according to the Division of Workforce Solutions, which is part of the N.C. Commerce Department. A corresponding figure for Forsyth County was not available, but as of Nov. 1, about 37,000 veterans were living in Forsyth County, according to the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs.
During the 2011 fiscal year, the Division of Workforce Solutions partnered with the Veterans Administration and other community organizations to hold 41 job fairs for veterans, and helped place 3,816 veterans and other eligible persons in jobs.
Unemployed veterans seeking jobs, and businesses interested in hiring veterans can find information and links to a variety of resources through Workforce link at www.NCCommerce.com.