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Kitsap company honored for hiring veterans

global-gov-services-logoThe state honored a rapidly-growing ship maintenance company in Kitsap County last week for its commitment to hiring veterans.

Former service members comprise more than half of the workforce at Global Government Services in Bremerton, according to a news release from the Employment Security Department. 

Global Government Services hired 96 full-time workers in the past year, including laborers, helpers, welders, electricians, machinists and mechanics. It plans to hire another 100 employees in the coming year, according to the release. 

Global was among 12 businesses across the state honored for creating employment opportunities for veterans. 

“These companies’ commitment to hiring veterans is truly exceptional,” Employment Security Department Commissioner Peinecke said the in the release. “I hope other Washington employers will be inspired and follow their lead.”

The state’s WorkSource program placed nearly 7,500 veterans into jobs between July 2015 and June 2016.

Employers interested in hiring veterans can learn more at the WorkSource website.

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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