Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Howard Beach), chair of the City Council Veterans Committee, sponsored a Veterans Job Fair this past Sunday at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. More than 100 veterans, reservists, and newly returned service-members from across the five boroughs attended to speak with 50 companies, small businesses, labor unions and other employers interested in hiring a hero.
“Veterans make outstanding employees. They’re hard-working, reliable and able to carry out difficult tasks, precisely the kind of employees companies should want to hire,” Ulrich said. “I am grateful to Russo’s on the Bay and all the companies, unions and government agencies that participated in this event. This job fair connected veterans with military-friendly employers who have made public commitments to hire veterans and we need to do more of them.”
According to estimates from the New York City Department of Small Business Services, nearly 11.5 percent of New York City’s veterans are unemployed – almost double the national average. Furthermore, this rate is even higher for post-9/11 veterans who returned home after service to a lagging economy with limited employment prospects.