North Carolina is putting more veterans to work thanks to a rebounding economy, strong job growth across the state and Governor Pat McCrory’s emphasis on connecting transitioning military personnel with businesses and state government agencies.
The unemployment rate for veterans has fallen more than 3 percent in North Carolina in just two short years. In 2013, it was 6.2 percent. That number dropped to 3.1 percent in 2015 according to a recent Labor Department report.
“I understand that veterans are highly trained, highly disciplined and know how to get the job done,” said Governor McCrory. “This is great news for our state and is a testament to our efforts to make North Carolina the most military and veteran friendly state in the nation.”
One of the programs that has significantly contributed to veteran employment is the North Carolina for Military Employment (NC4ME) initiative. This comprehensive public-private partnership, launched in a March 2015 ceremony by Governor McCrory at Camp Lejeune, takes an employer-centric approach to strengthen the flow of military talent into North Carolina businesses and state government agencies.
“Employers are recognizing the valuable skill-sets and expertise veterans have to offer,” said Neal Alexander, Director of the Office of State Human Resources. “Transitioning military personnel have the knowledge, skills, and abilities that employers are looking for… including state government!”
Since Governor McCrory took office in 2013, the state has added more than 260,000 private sector jobs, has the #1 fastest growing economy in the nation, ranks first in the nation for business competitiveness, and is currently ranked 6th in the nation in job creation — among many other newsworthy accomplishments.
NC4ME is in need of financial support to continue showing businesses leaders and human resource professionals how to hire qualified military talent and to host events that facilitate employment connections. For more information on how you can support this critical partnership, please click here or contact Stuart Ruffin directly at: 919-828-1322 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.