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New VA report: Older vets make up most of unemployed

Unemployment is higher among older veterans. (Dollar Photo Club)
Unemployment is higher among older veterans. (Dollar Photo Club)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Veterans ages 18 to 54 had similar, or slightly lower, rates of unemployment than their civilian counterparts from 2000-2013, but older veterans were more likely than their peers to be unemployed, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The report also shows that the majority of veterans who were unemployed – 60 percent – were 45 and older, and that nearly a third were veterans who served after 2001.

The unemployment rate for that latest generation of veterans fell to 5.7 percent in November – down from 9.9 percent a year ago.

The newest women veterans face a higher unemployment rate than men: 8.1 percent, compared to 5.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The unemployment rate for the U.S. as a whole was 5.8 percent in November.

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One response to “New VA report: Older vets make up most of unemployed”

  1. Suzanne

    While this is a nice public service announcement, it seems to lack the most important component to war recovery: mental health care.

    I worked with homeless veterans when I lived out West. The recidivism for continual care was very high. Mostly, they wanted clean clothes and a shower. Most thought they were still in the jungle and saw everything as representing their war experience. Clearly they had not received the help they needed to re-enter society.

    For every John McCann (and you don’t have to agree with his politics to appreciate his extraordinary life post POW), there are thousands who have, understandably, not been able to adapt. Jobs? Fine. “Step-up” programs? Good. But, please, consider the root of the issue and treat that as important a component as food, shelter and employment.

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