A new study by the United Services Automobile Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program calls Salt Lake City one of the best places for veterans to find a job. The 2013 “Best Places for Veterans: Jobs” list identifies U.S. metropolitan areas that offer America’s new generation of veterans more opportunities to find a military skill-related job.
Over the next five years, more than one million service members and their families are expected to leave the armed forces, according to Eric Eversole, executive director of Hiring Our Heroes and Navy Reserve Judge Advocate Commander. “We must remain vigilant to help these men and women find employment, and this list highlights the top places where veterans can put their skills to work.”
Other cities on the list include Dallas, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Austin, Orlando and Houston, which ranked first in the nation in the survey.
“Some of the keys to a successful military separation are planning and preparing well in advance, including determining where you want to live and work,” said Eric Engquist, executive director of military transitions at USAA. “This study and resources, like USAA’s military separation checklist and military separation assessment tool, can help those who have left or are considering leaving the service make their transition as smooth as possible.”
In determining whether an area is a good fit for a veteran’s job hunt, the survey took several things into account, including employment opportunities in the top industries employing post-9-11 veterans, unemployment rate and recent job growth, presence of colleges and universities, and access to Veterans Affairs hospitals and health resources.
Utah boasts a 4.6 percent unemployment rate—nearly three points below the national average. As part of the Utah Veterans and Military Employment Coalition, the Salt Lake Chamber also helps host Hiring Our Heroes job fairs during the year to help our veterans find employment. The next two job fairs will be on January 23, 2014, in St. George and March 25, 2014, at South Towne Exposition Center.
To see the lists and access the Best Places for Veterans tool to create a customized list of best places, visit www.usaa.com/bestplaces.
USAA is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes initiative established to help veterans find meaningful employment. Since 2005, USAA has hired more than 7,800 military veterans and spouses. Today, one out of every four new hires at USAA is a veteran or military spouse, and USAA is now working to meet a new internal goal that 30 percent of the organization’s new hires be veterans or military spouses.
USAA provides insurance, banking, investment and retirement products and services to 9.8 million members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. USAA membership is open to all who are serving or have honorably served our nation in the U.S. military — and their eligible family members. For more information about USAA, or to learn more about membership, visit usaa.com.
About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect this nation, its economy, and the global business environment.