Post 9/11 Veterans Show Boost in Employment Numbers

One in four Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now have government jobs, according to a new Labor Department report that found an improved employment picture for the 9/11 generation of veterans.

Among the 2.7 million veterans who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces at any time since Sept 11, 2001, a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans,  the unemployment rate hit 9.9 percent in 2012, a decline of 2.2 percent in 2011.

The jobless rate for all veterans is 7 percent. Twenty-eight percent of Gulf-war era II veterans reported having a service-connected disability in August 2012, compared with 14 percent of all veterans.

Most of that progress appeared to be among men where it is at 6.9 percent. The jobless rate for female post-9/11 veterans was 8.5 percent in 2012, about the same as the previous year, said the veterans employment summary released Wednesday by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Post 9/11 veterans, especially younger ones, have a higher unemployment rate than non-veterans of the same age.  While most of the focus has been on veterans aged 18 to 24, whose jobless rate has been greater than 20 percent,  the report said veterans males  aged 25 to 34, in the Gulf War-era II, also have a higher unemployment rate than non-veterans in the same age range.

Government work, at the federal, state and local level, account for employment of 25 percent of post 9/11 veterans, compared with 14 percent of non-veterans. This is slightly higher than for veterans of all generations, who hold about 20 percent of public-sector jobs.

Sept 11, were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and Washington D.C.

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