Dayton Administration encourages employers to help connect veterans with employment opportunities
ST. PAUL, MN – Today, Governor Mark Dayton issued a proclamation declaring the month of July to be ‘Hire a Veteran Month’ in Minnesota. Governor Dayton encourages all Minnesota employers to help connect military service members with employment opportunities during the month of July, and to continue hiring veterans in all twelve months of the year. As part of ‘Hire a Veteran Month,’ the Governor also encourages members of the military and Minnesota veterans to participate in the state’s largest Veteran Career Fair being held July 16 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
Minnesota Veterans Career Fair
During ‘Hire a Veteran Month,’ the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair – sponsored by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) – will be focused exclusively on connecting veterans and military service members with employment opportunities. More than 1,000 former and current military members and approximately 100 Minnesota businesses with job opportunities are expected to participate.
This is the seventh year DEED has hosted a Veterans Career Fair. On average, 10-15 percent of veteran job-seekers who attend the fair end up finding a job. This year’s event will be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center on July 16. More information about the Career Fair, including registration information for participating employers, is available at www.PositivelyMinnesota.com/vetsfair.
Connecting Veterans with Employment Opportunities
‘Hire a Veteran Month,’ including the Career Fair on July 16, is part of a broader effort by the Dayton Administration to help Minnesota veterans find meaningful, good-paying work. Through recruitment and retention efforts, relationships with veterans organizations and advocates, support for deployed soldiers and their families, and reintegration training, Minnesota is getting our veterans back to work – one soldier at a time.
For example, last year a Minnesota National Guard Employment Resource Team, with the help of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), provided job search training to nearly 1,100 soldiers from ten states, including the Minnesota National Guard 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, who were then stationed in Kuwait. Minnesota is the only state in the nation to ever send assistance of this kind to soldiers stationed abroad. Because of the coordinated efforts of DEED and the National Guard, the unemployment rate among returning Minnesota soldiers fell from 28 percent to just 1.3 percent.
Additionally, the Dayton Administration is working to connect veterans here at home with employment opportunities. Last year, Governor Dayton signed a bill into law allowing private employers to implement their own veterans’ preference programs. State services for job-seekers serve more than 20,000 veterans and military service members every year. Together, these efforts are aimed at providing Minnesota veterans the help they need to find strong employment opportunities.
Resources for Veteran Job Seekers
Minnesota veterans and military service members who are currently searching for a job can benefit from the following initiatives and resources: