Unemployment rate drops for veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs Blog recently took a hard look at Bureau of Labor statistics(http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t05.htm) and saw that the unemployment rate for veterans is in decline. From December 2009 to June 2013, there is a clear downward arc in unemployment, which means that efforts to hire veterans have been successful and long-lasting progress is being made.

For veterans 18 years and older, the unemployment rate has dropped from 7.4 percent in June 2012 to 6.3 percent last month. The jobless rate for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans fell from 9.5 percent to 7.2 percent in the same time period. For Persian Gulf War veterans, the jobless rate fell from 6.4 percent to 4.9 percent.

The numbers are encouraging, as is the declining national unemployment rate (8.1 percent in June 2012 and 7.5 percent last month), but we know there is more to be done. In this economy, too many veterans still can’t find meaningful work, and organizations across the country are working every day to remedy that.

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Article courtesy of Military.com.  




  1. What criteria are being used? If you are using any information from the, “bureau of Labor, you may be in as much trouble as they are. The overall unemployment in the nation is 14.5% not the stated seven point something coming out of Washington. There are people who have just given up, benefits ran out or are working part time and that in itself does not constitute “full time employment.” The numbers are manipulated to show the Obama administration is going a good job which they are not. I’m unemployed, benefits ran out and for the most part so have I. Who wants to hire a 71 year old when you can hire a brainless youngster you don’t have to pay as much? What about the people who go off the unemployment rolls, what happens to them? What category do they fall into? And those whose benefits run out? What about the poor person who has tried in earnest and still can’t find any employment? What list of statics do they fall under? It seems to me that all of this amnesty garbage will produce one real effect. All of these low lives will come to this country and take over what jobs are left. Then what America? What will you do then? How will you survive then? Become homeless? You know, that seems to be the way it’s going. I mean after all, if your homeless you are no longer around and if you’re no longer on the unemployment rolls you have a job and you get a gold star because that’s the way it is written.
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