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Jessica Duarte, a dispatch supervisor with the Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner's Office, talks with Valerie Lira and Chelsea Ortiz during the "Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet" job and resource fair last year at West Hills College Lemoore.

HANFORD — In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the unemployment rate of veterans in Kings County was close to 6 percent.

The annual "Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet" event is the state of California’s attempt to lessen the unemployment rate among veterans.

This job and resource fair is coming Thursday to the Hanford Civic Auditorium.

The opening ceremony is at 8:30 a.m. and the fair runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event is for veterans, National Guardsman, reservists and the general public.

In years past, this event has drawn hundreds of attendees.

Attendees are advised to come dressed for interviews and have their resume.

Some employers will be there to meet and interview candidates.

This event is put on by the Employment Development Department in conjunction with California Community Colleges, California Department of Veteran Affairs, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Department of Industrial Relations-Apprenticeship Standards, Veterans Employment Committee, Job Training Office and various federal, state, local and private organizations within Kings County.

For more information, call Elizabeth Martinez at 852-2146.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2458 or

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