Post-9/11 veterans are now at an average unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, that’s down 1.4 percent since last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistic. Not only that, but the latest unemployment rate is significantly lower than any other rate in the group’s history.
Experts attribute this to an improving economy, combined with a massive focus on the issue of veteran unemployment from both public and private sectors. Don’ think this is slowing them down; there is still a lot of work to do.
"That doesn't mean it's time for a victory lap or anything like that," said Ryan Gallucci, Veterans of Foreign Wars deputy director for national veterans service.
Since 9/11, veteran unemployment rates have been fluctuating drastically – starting with a 7.5 average, post-9/11 veterans’ unemployment climbed up to 10.2 perfect in 2009, 11.6 percent in 2010, and 12 percent in 2011.
"Some of the improvement in the unemployment rate for veterans across the board has happened somewhat in parallel with the overall reduction in our nation's unemployment numbers over the last five to six years," Jack Norton, a spokesman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes program, said in an emailed statement.
"At the same time, though, through much of our effort, businesses of all sizes have been reminded of the value of veterans as employees and have strengthened their veteran hiring programs as a result," Norton's statement added.
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