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State officials said Maryland has a lower veteran unemployment rate than national figures, in part because military base realignments have brought jobs to the state, and also because the government has focused programs and money on helping the state’s 13,000 unemployed veterans find careers.

In October 2010, Gov. Martin O’Malley’s office announced the Warrior to Worker initiative, designed to boost the number of veterans hired by state agencies.

Jerry Boden, chief of staff for the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, said budget constraints have limited hiring by the state government but that the program gives veterans better access to positions that may be open.

This spring, the state also launched mil2fedjobs.com, designed to match military job qualifications with job descriptions for federal jobs. Overhauls to the site are in the works, and representatives from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said they are working to implement changes without service disruption.

Mr. Pedrick, who left the Marines as a corporal in 2007, said he’s used the site but didn’t find it helpful.

The site said he would be qualified, for instance, to repair small arms, work as a mechanic on special weapons systems and handle toxic materials — jobs he said he doesn’t want and isn’t trained for.

But the idea of the site is to make it easier for veterans to show agencies that the skills they have from the military are the same things the government is looking for in new hires.

Some private companies recruit veterans openly. Others don’t — and taking combat boots off a resume can be a struggle, especially for soldiers who joined the service right after high school or might not have other work experience.

“If a guy was in a tank for four years rumbling around in the desert, he might have a tough time explaining to a manufacturing company why he would be a good line supervisor,” Mr. Boden said.

Maryland has a staff of veteran coordinators at each of its 33 One-Stop Career Centers — offices the state has kept open despite decreased federal funding that brought deep personnel cuts in other programs, such as apprenticeship training, that veterans use.

And recently, Fort Meade held a “Wounded Warriors” job fair for veterans and soldiers about to transition from the military. That’s where some soldiers, like James Williams, an Army specialist stationed at Fort Meade, have started looking for work before leaving the service.

“I’m trying to have something lined up so I’m not coming out of the military blind,” said Mr. Williams, 25, who has six to eight months of service remaining and is hopeful he’ll find a job to provide for his wife and two daughters.

Grayson Wilkinson, 40, also at Fort Meade, said he thinks his experience as a movement coordinator, along with his security clearance, will be an asset in his job search. He started looking for positions this month, and said he isn’t worried.

Mr. Pedrick said he, too, felt he’d be a perfect fit for the kind of work he’s looking for. He said applying blindly without a chance to meet recruiters has been frustrating.

“I’m just ready to take the next step in my life,” he said. “I feel like it’s been put on hold.”