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With the goal of becoming the most veteran-friendly state in the nation, Florida Governor Ron Desantis announced Thursday that going forward, July 25 will be known statewide as Hire a Veteran Day.

DeSantis highlighted in his official statement how Florida business owners can directly benefit from their skills, such as leadership, experience, and dedication. He noted that the value veterans bring to the job market is crucial to business success and workforce diversity.

More than 1.5 million veterans call the Sunshine State home, and in 2019, nearly 4,000 veterans gained employment after assistance by the CareerSource Florida network. Launched in 2017, the Employ Florida Vets online portal assists veterans and their families with accomplishing their employment goals. This includes providing information, resource links, and job opportunities.

On the employer side, business owners can use the portal to post available jobs, access information about hiring veterans, and find out if their business qualifies for local, state, or federal tax incentives.

Nationwide, the veteran unemployment rate is at an all-time low, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. At 3.2 percent, the rate is the lowest it’s been since 2001.

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