State urges employers to hire veterans
November 9, 2017
• California is home to 1.9 million veterans
• “Employers who hire veterans get experienced employees who are tested, proven and true”
The California Employment Development Department is urging employers to show a commitment to hiring those who have served in the military.
"EDD is proud to serve veterans throughout the year by connecting them with California employers who value the skills military men and women bring to the workforce," says EDD Director Patrick Henning. "Employers who hire veterans get experienced employees who are tested, proven and true."
In California, the unemployment rate for veterans decreased from 7.1 percent to 5.8 percent, a drop of 1.3 percentage points, between August 2015 and August 2017. In turn, the number of unemployed veterans declined by 12,000 persons over that same two‐year period, the EDD says, adding that one out of every five (21.3 percent) employed California veterans held either a management, business, or financial job in 2017.
The EDD is marking Veterans Day with "Vets, Ready for the Workforce," an outreach effort to both employers seeking workers and veterans seeking jobs.
California is home to 1.9 million veterans. Currently, 900,000 veterans are employed in California in industry sectors that include professional and business services, educational and health services, public administration, wholesale and retail trade, transportation and utilities, manufacturing, and construction.
"Making the transition from military life to the civilian workforce can be a challenge," says Vito Imbasciani, secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. "Fortunately, there are numerous programs designed to assist veterans, whether that means help writing a résumé, learning new skills or connecting with employers who appreciate the value of military experience.”