Department of Labor and Workforce Development




Deborah K. Henderson
Public Information Officer
615/741-2257 (O)
615/672-3892 (H)


NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Veterans Staff was recently recognized as the best in the nation for placing veterans into jobs across Tennessee.

Stanley A. Seidel, Chief of Employment and Training Programs from Washington, D.C., honored the Tennessee veterans staff for having a 74 percent veterans placement rate during the program year ending June 30, 1999--- the highest in the nation.

"The Tennessee Veterans staff is going the extra mile to help veterans find employment," Seidel stated while presenting a plaque to Richard E. Ritchie, Director of Tennessee Veterans Employment and Training Service, Michael E. Magill, Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development, and Wendell Gilbert, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs.

Seidel said more than 35,330 veterans came to local Labor and Workforce Development offices and 26,100 were placed into jobs. He said Tennessee far exceeded other states across the nation with a 74 percent placement rate followed by North Carolina with a 52 percent placement rate.

"Veterans are important to Tennessee’s labor force," Ritchie explained. "They are highly skilled, disciplined, and motivated. Veterans make good employees for Tennessee’s employers."

During the presentation, Commissioner Magill congratulated the local veteran staff. "The federal and state partnership is working. Together we are integrating deserving veterans into Tennessee’s job market and that is good for Tennessee."

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development veterans program representatives provide job assistance and other services in the career centers and 75 local offices across the state. All have prior military experience, work directly with employers, and understand local labor force needs.

Local office personnel provide priority service to veterans looking for employment while at the same time remain focused on the total needs of veterans. Last year, across the state 43 local offices are recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service for meeting federal performance standards for serving veterans.

Among the services available to veterans every day are skill assessment, employment-related testing, training information, job counseling, labor market information, job referral and placement, and computer access to jobs locally, regionally, and nationwide.

If you have questions about veterans employment services, please call your local Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development office or Tennessee Career Center.




The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

El Departmento del Trabajo de (Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development) es un patrono que ofrece igualdad de empleo. Ayudas auxiliaries están disponibles para individuos con impedimentos.



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