Utilities Make Inroads on Veteran Joblessness

The national unemployment rate for U.S. military veterans dropped in September to 3 percent from 4.3 percent during the same month last year, the U.S. Labor Department reported, the lowest figure since 2001.

Programs across myriad industry sectors have helped reduce veteran unemployment, including ongoing efforts under way in the energy sector that are being led by utility companies.

“Our business is highly disciplined. I can teach someone the technical skills needed to get the job done. What I can’t teach are passion, commitment and leadership — all skills that military veterans bring to the table the minute they’re hired,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Co., during the recent 2017 Veterans in Energy (VIE) Forum held in Arlington, Virginia.

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