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More than 1,000 attend veterans career fair in Brooklyn Center

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The seventh annual Minnesota Veterans Career Fair drew nearly 1,100 veterans looking for work at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center Tuesday.

The Star Tribune reports that the event, sponsored by the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development, also drew more than 130 prospective employers, 10 educational institutions and about 15 service providers such counselors.

The paper also reports that two years ago, Minnesota had the third-highest rate of unemployment among veterans ages 18-24 - some 23 percent, now down to 14. Still, as the paper points out, that's a high figure given the state's overall unemployment figure is at 5.3 percent.

The Strib also says 30 vets were hired at last year’s job fair, most by U.S. Bank. At least 60 more were hired after the fair, employers reported.

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