2015 A Record Year for Veteran Employment
by: Troops to Trades
January 11, 2016
By Rene Thibault
2015 was a record year for veteran employment in the United States. The same can be said for former military members in the Green Mountain State.
Most veterans have the skills and experience many employers are looking for.
“They’re looking for a job that has purpose,” said Michael Dubie. At Revision Military, 10 to 15 percent of their employees are veterans. The company creates protective helmets and eyewear for military and law enforcement groups across the world. “It’s taken a while, but I think that the value of a veteran today is well known,” added Dubie, President of Revision’s Research and Development Branch.
Dubie is a veteran. He served as Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard, and was Deputy Commander of the U.S. Northern Command. He’s one of thousands of veterans who found new jobs in 2015.
“Veterans come to the table mission ready,” commented Catherine Farr. Farr is Vermont’s Veteran Employment Coordinator. She says the state had a fantastic final quarter of 2015 with 125 veterans finding jobs in Vermont. “They’re ready for a challenge, they’re ready for an opportunity. So I think this is all really good news,” Farr added.
Vermont’s Director of Veteran Training Services Donna Nobrega says veterans have many of the skills employers want. “They tend to be really detail oriented. They’re dependable, come to work on time. they just have this discipline that other people maybe haven’t been exposed too,” said Nobrega.
In 2015 the unemployment rate for post 9-11 veterans held steady at 5.8 percent, down significantly from 2014. Throughout 2015 unemployment for veterans reach all-time lows 3 different times. For veterans of all generations the 2015 unemployment rate of 4.6 percent was the lowest it’s been since 2008.
“I would encourage our veterans to not under estimate the value of their training and their past experience. It’s the exact training that many employers really value,” stated Dubie. He says Revision has 20 openings right now between their Newport and Essex Junction Facilities.
There are nearly 48 thousand veterans in the Green Mountain State. The Vermont Department of Labor works with about 2,500 veterans on a regular basis.