My administration has no higher priority than making a quality job available to every Delawarean who wants one. As we work toward that goal, we must acknowledge that the economic downturn was particularly hard on our past and present service members.
This spring, the unemployment rate for Delaware veterans and military personnel was above 12 percent, about five percent higher than the state average. That is unacceptable. Our state's Workforce Investment Board has set the goal of closing that gap. As part of our efforts, we have declared this September Hire A Vet Month.
We're building support to encourage employers to tap into these hardworking men and women, and raising awareness of federal and state tax credits available for hiring veterans. The businesses that turned out at our signing of the Hire a Vet Month Proclamation can attest that veterans are technically savvy, disciplined, good communicators and fantastic teammates, all qualities employers tell us they're looking for.
Flightline Aircraft Services, which supports Frontier Airlines' New Castle Airport service, hired one person through our National Guard just as Frontier was getting up and running this summer. Since then, they've already hired a couple more. They joined Delmarva Power, WSFS Bank, the Delaware State Police, TA Instruments and Horizon Services at the event. All have hired current or former military members.
If your company could benefit from the skills of this talented group, please contact Christine Kubik at the Delaware National Guard at 302-326-7582.
By ensuring that Delawareans who sacrifice for us have fair employment opportunities when they come home, we'll keep Delaware moving forward.