Jobs forum for military spouses planned in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Blue Star Families is hosting a forum this week in Fayetteville to help military spouses find employment.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2bvGHdZ) the forum titled “Networks Live!” will be held Thursday at the Kiwanis Recreation Center.

A survey by Blue Star Families showed that about 40 percent of military families identified unemployment of a spouse as a major obstacle to financial security. Fifty-eight percent of surveyed spouses said they’re unemployed or underemployed.

Blue Star Families career programs manager Libby Jamison says the forum will be the first in a series of workshops and forums for spouses with ties to Fort Bragg.

She says most jobs are found through networking, which puts military spouses at a disadvantage because they move often and may have few ties to their new home.

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