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Published September 26, 2013, 06:16 PM

Grand Forks job fair highlights veterans

While North Dakota boasts the lowest unemployment in the nation, more than 600 people headed to the Alerus Center Thursday looking for work, and organizers of the fall job fair are taking extra steps to help veterans get hired.

While North Dakota boasts the lowest unemployment in the nation, more than 600 people headed to the Alerus Center Thursday looking for work, and organizers of the fall job fair are taking extra steps to help veterans get hired.

Nearly 70 employers from various industries attended, looking to hire all backgrounds, but thanks to special stickers it was the veterans that stood out.

"We've always given priority service to veterans, but we definitely want the employers to notice that they are a veteran," said Roy Fillion with Grand Forks Job Services. "There's a lot of veteran-friendly employers in this town, because the veterans really do a good job for them. I want to make sure that vets have a quality resume out there, because once they have that, that's going to get them the interview."

With an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, the Grand Forks Job Services Manager says the job market here is the best it's ever been, especially for veterans.

Clarence Carroll helps run the ROTC program at UND. He says veterans offer unique skills to employers.

"I'm sure corporate America wants employees that they can rely on, employees that are going to be there on time, and employees that have a sense of duty, honor and country," said Carroll.

There are more than 2,000 regional jobs available. You can view listings at http://jobsnd.com

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