CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia First District Congressman David McKinley said he expects veterans choosing to attend a Thursday afternoon job fair in Clarksburg to get jobs.
McKinley said he had a message for the 70 employers who agreed to take part in the event at the Nathan Goff Armory.
“We made the condition, if you’re just collecting resumes, we don’t want you to appear. But if you’re serious about hiring, we want you to come,” McKinley said on MetroNews Talkline.
The companies took him up on the offer and will be talking with veterans, looking for men and women who can fill positions within their companies.
McKinley sponsored a similar job fair last year in Morgantown. He said one unemployed vet walked out of the fair with a job and a six-figure salary.
He hopes as many veterans as possible take advantage of this opportunity.
“It’s going to be very hard for them to find 70 employers on their own. We’re bringing them together!”
The unemployment rate for veterans currently stands at 9.9 percent. It’s much higher for female vets at 12.5 percent.