Veterans Still Face Disproportionate Unemployment

Geoff Whiting | FierceGovernment | November 8, 2012

Despite fedeal assistance programs amounting to $12 billion during the last fiscal, veterans who served after Sept. 2001 are disproportionately unemployed, says the Congressional Research Report. A large reason for that may be the relative youth of the recent veteran population, the report says.

In a report (.pdf) dated Oct. 23 posted online by Secrecy News, CRS says veterans that served recently in Iraq and Afghanistan have an unemployment rate of 9.9 percent for the end of the third quarter 2012. This dwarfs the 7.9 percent unemployment of nonveterans and the 6 percent unemployment for veterans from prior service periods.