New jobs website launched for veterans

veterans_day_24On the eve of Veterans Day, the state’s WorkSource program announced a new web tool for connecting veterans and other departing service members with civilian employment.

The web portal, called Veterans Military Crosswalk, allows users to filter job postings using their Military Occupation Code. The site identifies which available jobs are most relevant to their military experience.

Users can sign up for email and mobile alerts when relevant job openings are posted.

“I can think of no better way to honor our state’s veterans than to make it easier for them to find jobs when they return home,” Employment Security Department Commissioner Dale Peinecke said in a news release.  “The new job translator is a major service improvement for our veteran customers.”

The unemployment rate among Washington’s 632,000 military veterans was 7.1 percent in 2013. According to the release, WorkSource career centers placed nearly 21,000 veterans into jobs at an average wage of $35,600 per year between July 2013-June 2014.

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