Job Fair Focuses on Opportunities for Veterans

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ATLANTA -- The number of laid off workers making their first claim for unemployment benefits was down slightly in November compared to last year, the Georgia  Department of Labor reported Thursday.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor 72,298 people filed for unemployment in November of 2009.  That's down 2.9 percent compared to November of 2008.

Thursday, the focus was on putting military veterans to work. At the Georgia International Convention Center Atlanta veterans got the chance to put their names and resumes in front of potential employers.

About two dozen companies, government agencies and universities were on hand to meet with veterans who are looking for work.

The organizers of the job fair say veterans often have success finding a job because of their unique training and experience.  "The dicipline alone is why a lot of companies like hiring military," said Robert Walker of Recruit Military, the organizer of the job fair.  "Just simple things like they show up to work on time.  They're hard workers.  A lot of them are well-educated.  They're trainable.  In fact, I feel that any veteran can walk into a place and make an immediate impact."

The Recruit Military organization has organized another job fair for veterans for march of next year.

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