Veterans-Only Job Fair Happening Today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Veterans across the country will be able to log on and apply for post-service careers as part of a virtual job fair today.

Just one day before the celebration of Veteran's Day, more than 36,000 former servicemen and women have signed up to participate in the online job fair.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, recent war veterans had a slightly higher unemployment rate than the rest of the country in 2010. 

"Gulf War-era II veterans," or members of the military who have served since 2001, had a jobless rate of 11.5 percent last year.  Non-veterans had a jobless rate of 9.4 percent. 

In July 2010, a quarter of Gulf War-era II veterans reported some sort of disability from their time in the armed forces.

To help these men and women find new careers, the Department of Veterans Affairs and are holding a virtual job fair from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today. 

Looking for a Job? Virtual Fair Continues Through Friday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Looking for a job? 

Starting a new career could be as easy as logging on and uploading your resume. 

First Coast Workforce Development is holding a "virtual job fair" this week. 

It began at midnight Monday and runs through midnight Friday. The job fair features more than 50 employers and over 300 job opportunities on their website.

Once you go to the site, create a user name and password.  Then you can upload your resume and start applying.

Virtual job fairs have become more popular for both companies and their potential employees.

Clay Solar Company Succeeds While St. Aug One Closes

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- "I'm a glazer," said Robert Cole, explaining his job at Alternate Energy Technologies. "It's like an assembly line, and I'm at the final stage of it."

Cole works, manufacturing solar thermal panels at AET in Green Cove Springs. He just heard about a different solar company closing in St. Augustine, STR Holdings, leaving 45 people without jobs this week. 

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"My heart goes out to them," Cole shook his head.

Bank of America Website Down, Again

Bank of America Website Down, Again


Some users trying to access get a message that the home page is temporarily unavailable.

Spokeswoman Tara Burke says customers experiencing slowness or who can't get through should keep trying. She says the access problems are a result of the bank managing traffic volume during peak use. She declined to say whether volume has surged in recent days.

Problems began on Friday, a day after the bank said it would start charging a $5 monthly fee for customers using debit cards. Burke insists there's no connection. Burke says there's been no hacking and no customer information was compromised.

Bank of America, based in Charlotte, N.C., is the biggest U.S. bank by deposits.


Florida 2nd for “Mass Layoffs” in The Nation For August

Florida 2nd  for “Mass Layoffs” in The Nation For August

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Florida was 2nd in the Nation for mass layoffs in the month of August. In this report each “Mass Layoff” is defined as the layoff of at least 50 employees from a single workplace.

The three states affected the worst by mass layoffs were:

  • 1.California - having 251 Mass Layoffs
  • 2. Florida- having 78 Mass Layoffs
  • 3. New York - having 71 Mass Layoffs

Across the Nation there were more than 1,500 mass layoffs affecting more than 170,000 employees in August.

The Bureau of Labor statistics for August also showed that Florida was one of four states with the highest increase in employment for the month.

 The four states with the highest increase of employment in August:


Groundbreaking for Expansion of Clay Center on Aging

Green Cove Springs, Fla. --The Council on Aging of Clay County is extremely excited to announce the groundbreaking ceremony on September 27, 2011 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. for the expansion and renovation of the Green Cove Springs, center and administrative offices.

The new center will be called Spring House. It is an exciting time for all of Clay County and will greatly benefit our seniors.