Updated: Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012, 7:26 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012, 7:26 AM EDT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The U.S. railroad industry expects to hire at least 5,000 veterans this year.
The American Association of Railroads announced the hiring prediction Tuesday as part of the White House's "joining forces" campaign to foster support for military families.
Most of the jobs available are at freight railroads -- such as Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern and BNSF -- that are in the midst of hiring for expansion and to replace a large number of workers nearing retirement.
About 700 of the jobs included in the industry's pledge are at passenger railroads and rail suppliers.
The rail trade group's CEO Ed Hamberger says veterans' skills translate well to railroad jobs.
Hamberger says last year the railroad industry hired 20,000 people, including 5,000 veterans.
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