San Diego Military2Maritime Career Fair with Rep. Hunter (R-CA) Connects California Veterans With Opportunity

SAN DIEGO, CA – More than one hundred veterans attended a Military2Maritime career fair on Monday June 22, 2015 from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego, Ca. The free event, sponsored by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) and hosted by the Port of San Diego, is part of a nationwide program to help connect the nation’s servicemen and women with jobs in the American maritime industry. Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) attended the event and spoke to veterans and employers looking to hire for family-wage jobs. Previous Military2Maritime events have been held in Norfolk, VA, Jacksonville, Fla., Houston, Tex and New Orleans, LA.

Rep. Hunter (R-CA) meets veterans to learn more about their transition into the maritime industry
Rep. Hunter (R-CA) meets veterans to learn more about their transition into the maritime industry

With more than 34,000 jobs, California ranks 4th among all states for supporting a strong maritime industry workforce. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these maritime jobs pump more than $6.6 billion into California’s economy every year. Related labor income in the state is more than $2.2 billion annually. A top shipyard state, California is home to over 30 military bases, serving as one of the top states for veterans and active service men and women seeking to advance their career. The San Diego Military2Maritime event featured more than 30 maritime exhibitors looking to help current and former members of the military transition to a career in the domestic maritime industry.

“California and San Diego in particular play a crucial role in supporting and protecting America’s national and economic security,” said Rep. Hunter.  “California sustains one of the largest shipyard industrial bases in the nation, which keeps us on the leading edge of innovation and contributes to thousands of quality jobs,” said Rep. Hunter.  “I’m honored to welcome the Military2Maritime program to San Diego and I commend their efforts to strengthen the industrial base and place workers in jobs that fit their skillsets. Connecting California’s veterans and active military with family-wage jobs in our thriving domestic shipbuilding and maritime industry is sure to translate into something meaningful for workers, families and the entire region.”

Private U.S. shipyards build, repair, maintain and modernize the largest and most sophisticated Navy and Coast Guard vessels in the world and do the same for the nation’s 40,000 commercial vessels. Across the country, the domestic maritime industry, supported by the Jones Act, sustains more than 478,000 jobs and has an annual economic impact of $92.5 billion according to a study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the Transportation Institute. The industry also accounts for approximately $29 billion in annual wages and $10 billion in tax revenue each year.

For more information about the Military to Maritime program, email [email protected]

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