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Eight employers looking to hire at Merced job fair

Eight employers looking to hire will take résumés during a job fair in Merced this week.

The state Employment Development Department’s Merced office, 1205 W. 18th St., will conduct a veterans job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Henry Timothy, a veterans representative with the EDD, said the fair is different than others done in the area because it will take place at the EDD office. He also said that while the fair is aimed at veterans, anyone looking for work is welcome to show up.

Veterans may have particular hurdles to clear on their way to employment.

“Most veterans, because they went into the service, they bypassed going to college right after high school,” Timothy said. “That’s a little bit of a struggle to get back into gear, so to speak. That’s why we’re here to help them with that.”

Foster Farms, Goodwill, Platt Electric Supply, Sears, Dollar General, Lowe’s, the University of California and Delaware North Co. will look to hire, Timothy said.

EDD hasn’t offered a job fair in Merced in about a year, he said. Another fair is planned in May.

Unemployment in Merced is at 13.2percent, according to the most recent numbers from EDD. Local veteran numbers were not immediately available, Timothy said. Nationally, veterans are unemployed at a higher rate than the general public.

EDD offers a number of programs to aid veterans in their job search. One popular program, Timothy said, is the work opportunity tax credit in which employers receive a credit for hiring veterans.

Information on the programs is available at the EDD office or online at www.edd.ca.gov.

In other EDD news, the federal shutdown will delay the monthly report on California unemployment numbers. Originally scheduled to be released Friday, according to a press release, the report will be not be available until after employees of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics return to work when the federal government shutdown ends.

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