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Hiring Veterans Statewide

Hiring Red, White, and You! Texas Statewide Veterans Job Fair Set for Nov 5

WHAT: Hiring Red, White and You! Statewide Veterans’ Job Fair

WHO: TWC, Workforce Development Centers, Employers, and Veterans Job Seekers

WHEN: All Day, Nov 5, 2020

WHERE: Virtually at various locations (Contact Local Workforce Development Boards)

The Texas Workforce Commission and the 28 Texas Workforce Development Boards are teaming up with employers across the Lone Star State to host a statewide veterans’ hiring event on Thursday (Nov 5). Multiple events, mostly virtual, but some in person, will be held across Texas to connect veteran-friendly employers with veterans seeking work. The event is free to job seekers.

“On behalf of the state of Texas, I want to say thank you to all veterans for answering the call to serve our nation and defend our freedoms. And I want you to know that Texas has your back,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “Greater economic opportunity for our veterans begins with employment that fully utilizes their skills, dedication, and drives. That is why I encourage employers in Texas to attend a Hiring, Red, White & You! event on Nov 5.”

It is the ninth annual event and the first to be conducted mostly virtually, building on the success of virtual hiring events which the workforce development boards have been hosting throughout Texas since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“Our nation’s heroes have unmatched skills, advanced training, and proven leadership capabilities,” said TWC Chair Bryan Daniel. “TWC’s Hiring Red, White & You! events provide a venue for employers to expand their workforce with these invaluable men and women.”

About Hiring Red, White, and You!

Hiring Red, White & You! is a joint initiative hosted by the Texas Workforce Solutions, in partnership with the governor, Texas Medical Center, and the Texas Veterans Commission to connect veterans and their spouses in Texas with employers seeking veterans’ exceptional skills. The campaign encourages Texas employers to recognize the advanced skills and experience our brave servicemen and women have to offer through their military experience and help veterans in Texas transition into the civilian workforce and their spouses.

• Over the past eight years, Hiring Red, White & You! has connected more than 98,600 job seekers, including 38,925 veterans and spouses, along with 16,650 employers and over 2,700 same-day hires.

• The number of veterans in Texas is estimated to be 1.5 million (BLS estimate), and an estimated 882,000 of these veterans are eligible for work.

• The National unemployment rate in 2019 for all veterans was 3.1 percent. In contrast, for those veterans who served in the military since September 2001, the unemployment rate was higher at 3.5 percent.

• Connecting Texas employers to qualified former U.S. military service members can be an asset to businesses. They train veterans to adapt to change, take the initiative, and learn quickly. Reportedly, replacing an employee in a mid-range position can cost a company as much as 20% of its annual salary. However, the expenses associated with recruiting efforts, interviewing, screening, and training can make losing an employee much more costly. By hiring more veteran candidates, you can reduce turnover and maintain a more stable workforce over time.

• Employers who hire veterans may earn up to $9,600 in federal tax credits through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program. Visit www.texasworkforce.org/wotc. Employing veterans creates a dedicated workforce with employees who know how to lead, build teams, and accept and meet challenges.

• Veterans bring exceptional training and soft skills to the workplace, including outstanding performance under pressure, accelerated learning curve, and a high degree of accountability.

• Hiring Red, White & You! is designed to support veterans’ spouses, who are critical to military families’ well-being and vital members of their communities. Military spouses often have advanced degrees and a similar service mindset and are well-equipped to adapt to challenges due to having to relocate often. TWC encourages employers to consider hiring military spouses also!

• View a complete list of Hiring Red, White & You! Fair virtual events and contact information at twc.texas.gov/hiring-redwhite-you.