Workforce Solutions Texoma will host a public job fair at the Sherman Municipal Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday with an emphasis on getting military veterans hired into open positions throughout the region.

The Red, White and You job fair, a statewide initiative started by the Texas Workforce Commission five years ago, will be hosted by the each of the agency’s 28 offices. The job fair began with the aim of helping veterans reintegrate after their service, but has since grown to include the general and job-seeking public.

“We actually have 43 employers that are signed up and some of them are from Southern Oklahoma and down as far south as Collin County,” Workforce Solutions Texoma Director of Business Services Terrence Steele said. “They’re actually there looking for people. They’ll be doing interviews on the spot and in some cases hiring on the spot.”

The Sherman-Denison area unemployment rate currently sits at 3.2 percent, a level Steele described as “full employment.” Steele said, with essentially everyone employed, area businesses need to fill their open positions, many of which are considered stable and long-term.

“It’s not just temporary work,” Steele said. “They’re looking for permanent employees who can basically grow with and into the company.”

Steele encouraged all participants of the fair to show up early and to come prepared with everything they need to network and make a positive impression.

“For the most part, bring an ink pen to fill out applications,” Steele said. “Dress your best, bring your resume and prepare to interview.”