Job fair is calling all veterans in Merced

03/10/2014 6:46 PM

03/10/2014 6:50 PM

About 45 employers will take résumés during a veterans job fair on Thursday, according to a news release.

The American Legion Hall, 939 W. Main St., will be home to the job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The newly formed Merced Veterans Employment Committee, based out of the state Employment Development Department office in Modesto, organized the job fair.

Additionally, the Veterans Affairs office in Fresno will send a medical and administrative team so veterans can enroll in various assistance programs, according to the release.

Unemployment in Merced is at 15.9 percent, according to the most recent numbers from EDD. Nationally, veterans are unemployed at a higher rate than the general public.

The EDD offers a number of programs to aid veterans in their job search. One program is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides employers with a tax break for hiring veterans.

Information on the programs is available at the EDD office or online at www.edd.ca.gov.

The Veterans Employment Committee includes EDD, Worknet of Merced County, Merced County Veterans Service Office, American Legion Post 38, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4327, UC Merced, Greater Merced County Multi-Cultural Chamber of Commerce, Merced College, Delaware North Co. and Veterans Affairs of Fresno.

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