We had great news this month as we saw the unemployment rate fall to 7.5%. That's the lowest we've seen in four years. A definite reason to celebrate as we continue to see the economy crawl forward into its rebound.
But there are many folks who aren't celebrating. Many of them are men and women returning from serving our country who can't find a job. We should all be ashamed that any man or woman who served would find it hard to find a job. Many Fortune 100 companies have answered that call by making military hiring a priority for their companies. But we cannot expect to move the needle on veteran unemployment with large employers alone. America's job growth engine is small business. There are 27 million small businesses that fuel our economy. This sector of employers need to consider the veteran talent pool even more aggressively. If 5 percent of small businesses in America who have never employed a veteran, could hire just one, it would be a game-changer.
Smaller companies, in a lot of cases, are the perfect fit for younger veterans who are used to leading or working in teams. And when a small business learns the value of a veteran, they are likely to hire a second or third.
There is an event at the Osage Center in Cape Girardeau on May 29th called Hiring our Heroes. If you are an unemployed vet, put it on your calendar. If you can hire a veteran, call the Cape Girardeau chamber today and tell them you want to help. Who better deserves a shot at a good job and achieving the American dream than a man or woman who has served to protect the freedoms that you and I take for granted?
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