|Navy Times... |
By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Apr 2, 2010 15:12:51 EDT
Disturbing new statistics from the Labor Department show that one in three veterans under age 24 is unemployed — and that the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has jumped to 14.7 percent, half again as high as the national employment rate of 9.7 percent.
The March unemployment rate of 30.2 percent for veterans aged 18 to 24 is a big jump from February's figure of 21.7 percent, although it may be partly the result of a small sample used by the Labor Department in determining unemployment, said Justin Brown, a labor expert for Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Still, Brown said, the data on veterans employment are still headed in the wrong direction.
The unemployment rate for veterans of all ages was 9.8 percent in March, nearly identical to the national rate. Brown said that marks a decline for veterans, who for the last two years were more likely to be employed that nonveterans.
But Iraq and Afghanistan veterans' unemployment rate was 14.7 percent in March, compared with 10.7 percent a year ago.
6 de abril de 2010
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