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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Some of the nation's leading manufacturing companies are teaming up to train veterans to fill 600,000 high-tech manufacturing jobs.

The manufacturers say the program will be initially offered in 10 cities. The companies will work with local community and technology colleges to offer training and to put veterans on a fast track to obtaining certification in such areas as electronics, welding and machining.

The unemployment rate for veterans is generally lower than the overall unemployment rate of 7.8 percent, but veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had a harder time finding work and the unemployment rate for those veterans is about 2 percentage points higher than the national rate.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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