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Utah Business Report December 24, 2013

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This is Lane Beattie of the Salt Lake Chamber with your Utah Business Report.

Over the next five years, more than one million service members and their families are expected to leave the armed forces. A new study by the United Services Automobile Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes program calls Salt Lake City one of the best places for veterans to find a job. The 2013 list identifies U.S. metropolitan areas that offer America's new generation of veterans more opportunities to find a military skill-related job.

Other cities on the list include Dallas, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Austin, Orlando and Houston, which ranked first in the nation in the survey.

In determining whether an area is a good fit for a veteran's job hunt, the survey took several things into account, including employment opportunities in the top industries employing post-9-11 veterans, unemployment rate and recent job growth, presence of colleges and universities, and access to Veterans Affairs hospitals and health resources.

Utah boasts a 4-point-6 percent unemployment rate—nearly three points below the national average. The Salt Lake Chamber also helps host Hiring Our Heroes events during the year to help our veterans find employment. This is Lane Beattie for KSL News Radio.

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