South Carolina's unemployment rate for veterans 18 and older decreased to 4.1 percent in March 2013, from 6.9 percent in March 2012, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics data released Thursday.
South Carolina had the nation's sixth best rate.
The statewide program Operation Palmetto Employment, led by Gov. Nikki Haley, in partnership with the SC National Guard, also launched recently. The program helps service members, family members and veterans find meaningful civilian careers.
"Taking care of our veterans is a major priority in South Carolina and providing them opportunities to use their valuable skill sets in the workplace is a big part of meeting that responsibility. This is about making sure South Carolina is the most military friendly state in the country and letting our veterans and their families know we value their sacrifice," said Haley in a statment.
"This is an extremely positive step," said Cheryl M. Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Dept. of Employment and Workforce, in a statement. "It's the result of hard work and dedication by a lot of people, state agencies and other public and private organizations coming together to make South Carolina the most military-friendly state in the nation."
DEW has a range of resources for veterans in SC Works centers statewide. Some of the offerings include job search workshops, assistance with resumes, career counseling, and intensive services such as one-on-one case management and follow-up along with career counseling and job referrals.
Veterans receive priority service at SC Works centers, which means veterans and eligible spouses get access to a service earlier than others.
Veterans and eligible spouses also get access to services such as training programs before others if it is limited.
Military members are encouraged to visit their local SC Works center. They should bring a copy of their DD-Form 214 to expedite any necessary paperwork. For more information, go to http://dew.sc.gov or operationpalmettoemployment.sc.gov.
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