Job fair targets baby boomers, veterans

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A job fair targeting baby boomers and veterans is taking place in Greensboro on Tuesday morning.

The job fair is sponsored by the Greensboro Division of Workforce solutions and will be held from 9 am until noon.

Employers attending include the City of Greensboro, Guilford County Schools and Time Warner Cable.

Organizers say the skill set older workers possess, as well as the knowledge veterans bring from the military, are highly desirable.

Veterans of the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to face record unemployment. The federal government reports a 12.1 percent unemployment rate for those veterans in 2011 versus 8.7 percent for the rest of the country. That figure was up from the previous year’s 11.5 percent.

Baby boomers whose retirement funds aren’t sufficient are also staying in the workforce longer.

Job fair organizers said employers at today’s event expect to fill positions in the next 30-90 days, and will conduct interviews on the spot.