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2,000 Jobs Available for Veterans and Their Families in New York City on November 23
"Operation: HIRE Veterans" Career Fair 2009 Taking Place on the Intrepid

Albany, NY (November 23, 2009) -  Can't See the video? Click Here to Get Adobe Flash Player. State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith today announced that the third and final “Operation Hire: Veterans Career Fair” for veterans and their families is set for Monday, November 23 in New York City. The event will be held on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, with more than 75 companies offering 2,000 available jobs. Employers representing a range of sectors will be hiring, including government, banking, telecommunications, retail, transportation and security.

The career fair will take place on Monday, November 23, from 1 to 4 p.m., on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10036. Career counseling and resume writing services also will be available.

Kamara Pettiford, 26, of New York City, who has served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, one in Iraq and one in Kuwait, said, “This is the first time I have been unemployed since I was 15 years old. It’s been frustrating at times, but I’ve sacrificed too much during my time in the military to give up hope. I love this country and want to give back. Thanks to the Department of Labor, I have applied for tuition assistance to go back to school and pursue a career in criminal justice. I am also working with a veterans’ counselor to help me find a job in the interim.”

The Labor Department serves nearly 50,000 veterans each year, and nearly one-quarter of them reside in New York City. This is extremely important in light of the fact that the unemployment rate is currently 14.6 percent among veterans ages 18 to 29.

State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith said, “For the second year in a row, the Department of Labor is proud to host this series of “Operation Hire: Veterans Career Fairs.” I encourage all veterans and their families in New York City to attend this important event on November 23.”

Commissioner Smith also reminded employers interested in hiring veterans to take advantage of federal tax credits administered by the Department of Labor. This credit is open to employers who hire persons released from active duty in the armed forces within five years of the date hired and who collected unemployment benefits for at least 4 weeks in the past year. Employers hiring veterans who meet these criteria may qualify for up to $2,400 in federal tax credits. For employers who hire disabled veterans, the tax credit could be up to $4,800.

For more information on the job fair, please visit the Labor Department’s website at www.labor.ny.gov

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