Craig briefs: ‘Hire a Veteran Month’ is November in Colorado
November is “Hire A Veteran Month” in Colorado and during the next four weeks, the Department of Labor and Employment will be using a targeted social media outreach effort to highlight services the agency makes available to veterans and employers, according to a news release.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has veteran employment specialists in workforce centers across Colorado connecting veterans with employment services including resume assistance, workshops, interviewing skills and more. During the next four weeks, veterans can turn to Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/coloradolabor) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/coloradolabor) to learn about jobs, find their nearest veteran employment specialist and engage with service providers.
Although at 7 percent, Colorado’s average unemployment rate for veterans (from October 2013 through September 2014)is down from what it was in years past, veteran unemployment is still well above the non-veteran population’s average unemployment rate of 4.3 percent. More than half of the 231,100 veterans in Colorado’s labor force are veterans of the first and second Gulf wars. To target that demographic during “Hire A Veteran Month,” the Department of Labor and Employment will be launching an active social media campaign. The Pew Research Internet Project cites 74 percent of online adults are using social networking sites, and that percentage increases to 82 percent for people 30 to 49 years old.