Veterans

March 24, 2014

Veterans unemployment rate dropped in 2013

Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

The unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans dropped in 2013, according to Labor Department statistics announced March 20.

The unemployment rate fell to 9 percent last year for veterans who served on active duty since September 2001. The jobless rate for all veterans also edged down to 6.6 percent.

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said the drop for all vets was promising.

Todays veterans employment report for 2013 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows an encouraging drop in overall veterans unemployment from 7 percent in 2012 to 6.6 percent, he said in a news release.

All of the things are moving in the right direction, said Keith Kelly, the assistant secretary of labor for veterans employment and training service.

Weve had about 48 months in the general arena of job creation and employment with nearly 9 million new jobs created. If you look at the unemployment rate for veterans, its going down from 9.9 to 9 percent. Thats about a 10 percent reduction, he added.

Kelly said veteran employment has been a focus of the administration since it took office. First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, have made their Joining Forces campaign a centerpiece of their efforts to improve job opportunities for veterans.

He urged service members departing the military to take advantage of the transition assistance programs available at all bases and installations.

For women veterans, the statistics show a significant reduction in 2013 unemployment, from 8.3 percent in 2012 to 6.9 percent in 2013, and a decrease from 9.9 percent to 9 percent for all Gulf War-era II veterans, Perez said.

Our nations veterans and their families have made countless sacrifices on behalf of our nation, he said. Who deserves opportunity more than those who have put their lives on the line defending it?

As of the end of 2013, about 2.8 million veterans had served since September 2001.

The 2013 unemployment rate for both male and female Gulf War II-era veterans was higher in 2013 than for nonveterans. Female veterans were unemployed at a rate of 9.6 percent, while the unemployment rate for female nonveterans was 6.8 percent. The unemployment rate for male Gulf War II-era veterans was 8.8 percent, while the rate for male nonveterans was 7.5 percent.

This report shows that the private and public sectors are making progress on veterans employment, Perez said. But much more needs to be done. I urge all employers to renew their commitment to veterans, so that those who served and sacrificed can realize their highest dreams. The best way to honor our veterans is to hire them.

Kelly, a Vietnam veteran himself, urged service members to begin planning early for their post-service lives. The Labor Department has many programs for veterans, he said, including training programs in trades, as well as apprenticeship programs in fields such as welding and bricklaying.

The atmosphere is welcoming for veterans in businesses and the public sector Kelley said, adding that he sees prospects improving even more in the months ahead.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Army photograph by SSgt. Mary S. Katzenberger

82nd Airborne helps commemorate 70th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden

Army photograph by SSgt. Mary S. Katzenberger A paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, reflects near the grave of a British paratrooper at the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Sept. 14, 2014, in the Netherlands. The...
 
 

VA announces awardees of grants that support disabled veterans in adaptive Sports

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced Sept. 29 the award of approximately $8 million in grants to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled veterans and disabled service members of the Armed Forces. Adaptive sports are those sports that have been created or modified for persons with disabilities. Partnering with national, regional, and community-based...
 
 
Air Force photograph by John Turner

WWII Airman lost in Pacific brought home to Montana after 70 year wait

Air Force graphic by Robert Stillwell First Lt. William D. Bernier, of Augusta, Mont., was reported missing April 10, 1944, when his B-24D Liberator was shot down over New Guinea while attacking a Japanese-held port. Bernier wa...
 

 

VA updates disability claims application

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 24 that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form to better serve veterans, families and survivors. Standardizing the process by which veterans file claims and initiate appeals will make it easier for veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking from VA and...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SSgt. Mercedes Crossland

POW/MIA: Daughter of missing Vietnam-era pilot shares story of loss

Courtesy photograph Air Force Capt. Kelly Cook, left, a pilot who flew early generation fighter bombers, shakes the hand of another officer circa 1950s. Cook was a member of the Iowa Air National Guard when he was called to act...
 
 

Soldier missing from World War II accounted for

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 10 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Pfc. Bernard Gavrin of Brooklyn, New York, was buried Sept. 12, in Arlington National Cemetery. On...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>