US Representative Frank Guinta hosted a jobs fair for veterans in Manchester Thursday in an effort curb higher unemployment for returning troops.
Over two-hundred veterans attended the fair at Manchester Community College Thursday in hopes of finding job opportunities.
Unemployment rates among returning veterans is close to three points higher than the national unemployment rate.
Congressman Frank Guinta says the employment gap between veterans and civilians is what prompted him to organize the event.
“We surveyed the returning Veterans from the Middle East. We had 700 New Hampshire residents coming back just over the last couple of months, 900 total in this year. Almost half responded, saying they didn’t have a job to return to,” says Guinta.
Earlier Thursday, the U-S Senate approved legislation that would give tax credits to employers who hire disabled veterans.
The US House could vote on the legislation next week.