SC ranks sixth in nation for veterans employment in 2013

SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - The unemployment rate for veterans in South Carolina dropped to 4.1 percent in March 2013.

That's down from the 6.9 recorded in 2012, according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

The Palmetto State posted the nation's sixth best rate.

"This is an extremely positive step," said Cheryl M. Stanton, executive director of the SC Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW), an agency that plays a huge role in helping veterans transition into the workforce. "It's the result of hard work and dedication by a lot of people, state agencies and other public and private organizations coming together to make South Carolina the most military-friendly state in the nation."

This announcement follows the launch of Operation Palmetto Employment, a statewide initiative in partnership with the SC National Guard, that pledges a commitment to help service members, family members and veterans find meaningful civilian careers.

Members of the military are encouraged to visit their local SC Works center and let staff know they are a veteran. It is a good idea for them to bring a copy of their DD-Form 214 to expedite any necessary paperwork.

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