• Job fair at University of North Florida helps veterans land jobs

    By: Action News Jax


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Veterans in our area are at the University of North Florida for employment opportunities at a job fair.

    Hiring Our Heroes is striving to help put hundreds of veterans to work. The group is helping put on a job fair at the Albert W. University Center at UNF and giving veterans the resources they need for life after the military.

    Organizers told Action News Jax that there are 57 different employers offering jobs to veterans. There is a wide range of different employment opportunities, including opportunities with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. 

    The Jacksonville area is home to more veterans than any other area in the state.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Florida for veterans is 5.4 percent, which is higher than the state average of 4.8 percent. That number includes everyone in the work force.

    Petty Officer Second Class Willie Chain is planning to get out of the Navy and pursue a career in information systems. He has a wife and daughter at home. 

    "That would mean probably more than anything that's happened in 2016," Chain said. 

    For more information about employment resources, visit the Five Star Veterans Center’s website and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' website. 

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