Recruiters from the public and private sectors on Thursday will conduct interviews and possibly make tentative job offers during an employment fair in downtown Riverside focused on unemployed vets and their spouses.

The four-hour event is slated to begin at 11 a.m. in the Riverside Municipal Auditorium and will involve 35 entities, according to Loveland, Ohio-based RecruitMilitary, which is sponsoring the fair.

Exhibitors scheduled to be on hand include Allstate, First Command Financial Services Inc., Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, Howard Industries, Medical Imaging Solutions, the Port of Long Beach, Riverside County Department of Human Resources, San Bernardino County Probation Department and Target.

In addition to former servicemen and women, National Guard and military reserve personnel, the fair will highlight opportunities for their spouses, according to organizers.

RecruitMilitary estimates the number of unemployed or under-employed military spouses nationwide stands at 600,000.

“The exorbitantly high unemployment rate of military spouses — 25% — (is) more than six times the national average … (representing) the highest unemployment rate of any singular group in the U.S.,” said RecruitMilitary spokeswoman Kelly Wagner.

Google’s jobs search tool, designed specifically for military veterans, will be used as part of the recruitment process.

More information about the fair, including registration information, can be found at www.recruitmilitary.com/Riverside.

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