Last year, there were almost 350,000 veterans in Oregon who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Today, the country honors its veterans, those who embody skills like leadership, teamwork, efficiency, respect, and integrity. These skills are essential while serving in the armed forces, but are also a great asset for businesses seeking workers after completion of service.
In 2013, 159,000 veterans in Oregon were either employed or unemployed, a labor force participation rate of 46.1 percent. Of those in the labor force, 5.9 percent were jobless. This was under the statewide rate of 7.7 percent for the year.
There are a number of advantages for employers that hire veterans. These include the valuable skills listed above, but also resources and incentives. Read more about hiring a veteran in Shannon Langley's article: Hire a Veteran!