|[February 21, 2014]
Marcone Helping to Curb Unemployment in Military Families with MSCCN
ST. LOUIS --(Business Wire)--
In the past five years of economic recession and slow recovery, we've
all gotten uncomfortably familiar with jobless rates in this country. If
unemployment hasn't touched you personally, you likely know someone it
has. And if you're the husband or wife of a military service member, you
know far too well how a persistent lack of work affects your particular
demographic. February national unemployment is at 6.6 percent-compared
to a sobering 26 percent among military spouses. [U.S. Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics]
Eva & Anthony Rogers, 2013. Ms. Rogers was hired at Marcone Supply through the company's partnership with the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network. (Photo: Business Wire)
While military spuses are often degreed, experienced, and otherwise
highly qualified, the fact that their lives demand frequent moves to
far-flung bases makes employers hesitant to hire. Fortunately there's a
shift in the tide taking place across the nation, and St. Louis-based
Marcone Supply is helping lead the way to getting "trailing spouses"
into the jobs they want.
In 2010, CEO Jim Souers signed Marcone on as a flagship member of the
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, part of Michelle Obama's
Joining Forces initiative. Since that time, the company has been
hiring-and retaining-husbands and wives of service members.
"There's always the fear of starting a new career because you never know
how long you will be at any given base," says Eva Rogers, Retail Lead at
Marcone's St. Louis call center and wife of retired Air Force Master
Sergeant and active Reservist Anthony Rogers. "This job gives me
scheduling flexibility and the virtual access I need to do my job from
home. Not many companies are willing to accommodate this lifestyle, but
Marcone's support of the military is a truly remarkable approach."
With storefronts and call centers throughout the country, MSCCN hires
can easily check in or work from a Marcone location. But because the
jobs can be done by telecommuting, employees take their jobs with them
when their families are relocated.
"We see it as a common sense way to help military families," says
Souers. "We're happy to offer opportunities to these talented people and
to have their skills at work for us in return. It's a win-win
relationship for everyone."
Marcone Supply is a major appliance parts distributor with over 50
stores across North America. The company was established in 1932, and is
a long-time contributor to several military support organizations
including the Navy League, Fischer House Foundation, and HEROES Care.
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