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JOB PROSPECTS: Fair Helps Veterans

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The city of Newton held an event Thursday in an attempt to bring down the latest unemployment numbers.

According to a new report, about 354-thousand people filed for their first week of unemployment benefits last week.

This is a number that’s up by 18-thousand from the previous week and Jasper County leaders are hoping to get more people off those benefits.

The Hire Our Heroes fair in Newton focused on getting veterans back in the workforce. 17 businesses were on hand along with experts who touted the benefits of hiring veterans.

“It’s not very personal to get a job these days. A lot of its online, submitting information and as far as what information you have in the last 4 years, 10 years and it doesn’t look like you’ve had related experience in that position.”

What this does is give them an opportunity to be personable, to talk to those employers and show them who they are,” explains Jasper County’s Veteran Affairs director, Chris Chartier.

Organizers are hoping to hold a similar event in the future.