Job, education fair in W.Va. aimed at vets

CHARLESTON (AP) — Fifty West Virginia employers described as veteran-friendly are participating in a job fair this week in Charleston for men and women who served their nation.

The career and education job fair is scheduled Thursday. It is sponsored by Workforce WV, Troops to Teachers and the West Virginia Department of Education.

Tens of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are facing a rocky transition with limited job prospects of a nation emerging from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

In 2011, the jobless level for those who’ve served since Sept. 11, 2001, was 12.1 percent, compared with 8.7 percent for the non-veteran public, according to federal statistics. Among men 18 to 24 for the veteran group, it was nearly 2 1/2 times higher: 29.1 percent.

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