Are programs to hire vets working?

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor was in Dayton Thursday to discuss veterans’ job opportunities.

Taylor was part of a roundtable discussion at Sinclair Community College. She was joined by Chancellor John Carey with the Ohio Board of Regents.

The panel dealt with employment and education initiatives for veterans and active military members.

Veteran Ken Petty, who was part of the panel, used his time at Sinclair to land a job with Production Control Units in Moraine, but other veterans have struggled to find work.

We wanted to know how Ohio’s veteran hiring programs are working.

We looked up the numbers and found unemployment has dropped in Ohio among recent veterans, going from 19.4 percent in 2011 to 12.8 percent in 2012 to 11.8 percent last year.

We asked Taylor if she thinks the state’s efforts are showing results.

“I think the programs are working,” Taylor says. “Do I think there’s more work to do? Absolutely. I think we always need to stay focused on how do we better connect our veterans with the jobs that are out there.”

Despite the decreases, unemployment among Post 9-11 veterans in Ohio is still more than twice as high as the state average, which is 5.5 percent.

Efforts are underway to help veterans better be able to have their military experience count toward college credits and to direct them toward fields like insurance that are expected to see an increase in future hiring.

“I think that’s part of the challenge veterans and employers face is getting connected together,” Taylor says. “That’s what we are working on.”

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