In November, the state has eight job fairs planned to help veterans find employment.   The job market in recent years has not been good for workers, and that applies to veterans too, says Rodrigo Garcia, deputy director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.
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“Many veterans have been returning home over the last few years have found a job market that is not as robust as they would want it to be, and it is incumbent on us here in the state to tackle that,” he said.  For several years, veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan had high rates of unemployment, both in Illinois and nationally, but the rates are now comparable to the rates for the general population. However, Garcia says that some groups – veterans under age 25, women veterans –still face disproportionate difficulty in finding a civilian job.
The job fairs are specifically for veterans, Garcia says the employment opportunities are real, and veterans have skills that businesses need. Efforts aimed at getting veterans hired into civilian jobs have been under way since 2007.
Veterans Job Fairs, November:
  • Nov. 7, Naperville: Tellabs Center, 1415 W. Diehl Road, 9 a.m,-2 p.m.
  • Nov. 8, Oak Forest: Gaelic Park, 6119 147th St, 10 a.m,-3 p.m.
  • Nov. 8, Bartonville: National Guard Armory, 3101 Airport Road, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 8, Belleville: Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., 8:30 a.m.-noon
  • Nov. 8, Effingham: National Guard Armory, 1206 W. Temple Ave., 9 a.m.-noon.
  • Nov. 9, Urbana: National Guard Armory, 600 E. University Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Nov. 9, Chicago: Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett Ave., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Nov. 15, Mount Vernon: Rolland Lewis Community Building, 800 S. 27th St., 9 a.m.-noon.
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