Alberta, Canada Recruiting U.S. Veterans for 114,000 Jobs

Amanda Swysgood

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and announced this week a new employment initiative with the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation in Alberta, Canada that could employ thousands of U.S. veterans to help build new infrastructure in Canada.

While the initiative had initially been misreported by some media as an opportunity for U.S. veterans to land jobs on the Canada-side of the Keystone XL pipeline – a project delayed in America by the Obama administration – many veterans were already on the short list for those potential jobs and could be hired if (or when) the pipeline is approved.

In the meantime, there is an expected shortfall of 114,000 jobs in Alberta over the next decade, and the arrangement among the VFW,, and the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation should help to place thousands of Americans into those positions…

…According to a VFW press release, the skilled positions available currently for veterans in Canada are long term. Some require a move to Canada, other positions would only require commuting for several weeks and then returning home for a week. The positions available include journeyman pressure pipe welders, heavy equipment technicians, steamfitter-pipefitters, structural ironworkers, millwright, and carpenters/scaffolders.

“This is a great opportunity for veterans, transitioning military, National Guard and reservists, and their family members,” Daywalt said in the VFW press release…

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UpdateSurvey: CEO confidence in economy drops dramatically

The confidence of the nation’s business leaders in the future of the economy has dropped dramatically, according to a new survey by the Conference Board.

More CEOs surveyed view the economy negatively than positively. Only 17 percent viewed the economy positively in the second quarter of 2012, compared to 67 percent in the first quarter.

Only 20 percent expect an improvement in six months, down from 59 percent.

The survey polls 800 CEOs whose companies are members of the Conference Board. Typically, 80 to 100 CEOs respond, the group says. The results from the new survey are from May and June…

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