Many Recent Vets Face Another Battle: Finding A Job

The job market in this country has been gradually improving, except for some veterans: A new report finds that the situation has actually gotten a little worse for recent veterans who are trying to find work.

The unemployment rate for veterans who have served since Sept. 11 was 12.1 percent on average in 2011, according to a government report released Tuesday. That’s slightly higher than in 2010, when the average unemployment rate for the year was 11.5 percent.

That’s the opposite of how it is for nonveterans. The unemployment rate for nonveterans averaged 8.7 percent in 2011, down from 9.4 percent in 2010.

The situation is especially dismal for young vets. The unemployment rate for 18- to 24-year-old veterans who have served since Sept. 11 was 30.2 percent in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. For 25- to 34-year-old veterans from that era it was 13 percent.

Unemployment is a particular problem for those veterans who have served since Sept. 11. The unemployment rate for all veterans, including those who served in previous conflicts, averaged 8.3 percent in 2011, down just slightly from 8.7 percent a year earlier.

Experts say young veterans are at a disadvantage in part because they have been serving in the military while other young people were going to college or a trade school and making connections in their field of choice.

These more recent vets also may be finding that the skills they learned in the military don’t translate directly into a new job because they lack the certification or training that they need to do the same job in civilian life.

In general, the unemployment rate for younger workers also has been higher than for older workers over the past few years.

Private groups, government agencies and some elected officials have been working to smooth the path for young veteran jobseekers. It’s a problem that’s expected to get worse as more troops withdraw from the Gulf and the military grapples with budget cutbacks.

“Our veterans have made sacrifices on behalf of the nation, and I ask all employers to renew their commitment to veterans, because the best way to honor our veterans is to employ them. No veteran should have to fight for a job at home after fighting to protect our nation,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in statement Tuesday.

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  • by david Location: ca on Mar 22, 2012 at 01:26 AM
    What’s more clear with Employment report is that when it comes to joblessness, having a college degree is more important than ever that is why we need the help of High Speed Universities now
  • by Except on Mar 21, 2012 at 09:43 AM
    Not all service members are merely HS grads. Many hold college degrees, undergrad and postgrad.
  • by Why surprised on Mar 21, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    They went into the military because they couldn't get into college.... When they get out, what skills do you really have?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    This isn't really news these days. I've been seeing commercials and news segments on this for quite some time now...
  • by Obama on Mar 21, 2012 at 06:45 AM
    Thank Obama, the thanks I get for serving my country is being forced out. While you and your liberal friends dole out billions to welfare, I am stuck at home with not a good paying job in sight. If anyone is hiring please post.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Mar 21, 2012 at 03:24 AM
    This is a little hard to understand. If I were hiring, I'd be hiring veterans. They are highly skilled, diciplined, and self-motivated. American business should wise up!
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      by BLA on Mar 21, 2012 at 04:25 AM in reply to Mike
      It is not hard to understand when the media tells lies with their first 10 words.Most companies will hire a vet before they will anybody else.That shows you right there that the obamaeconomy sucks.
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        by Mike on Mar 21, 2012 at 07:31 AM in reply to BLA
        I wasn't going to say that, but now that you have... it's a given.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 06:51 AM in reply to Mike
      I think some get worried about the PTSD.

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