Hire a Veteran

Air Force Veteran Abby Kinch is one of 1.6 million veterans living in the Sunshine State. After returning to civilian life, she went to work for Florida State University.

“I had supervised a number of airmen and so, getting out, that’s one of the things I put on my resume,” said Kinch.

But most veterans aren’t so lucky transitioning from the battle field to the work place.

October’s unemployment rate for veterans is at 10% much higher than the civilian rate of 6.8%.

Because of the higher rate, the state is dedicating extra resources to help veterans find work.

“We want to make sure that they are getting employment, that they are getting the job opportunities,” said Director Jesse Panuccio with the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Tampa, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale are among the nation’s top 10 cities helping veterans find jobs.

Military unemployment rates, job growth and health resources helped put the cities in the top 10.

“To promote the availability of Florida’s talented, well-trained veterans to employers we recognize November as ‘Hire a Veteran’ month in Florida,” said Executive Director Mike Prendergast with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Florida State University and the University of South Florida ranked in another top 10 poll for most friendly military universities.

“Everyone is overwhelmingly supportive of transitioning out of military life into civilian life into college life,” said Kinch.

Female veterans tend to have higher unemployment rates than their male counterparts.

The three cities in the top 10 are all new to the list. There were not any Florida cities on the 2012 top 10 list.

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