Getting mixed messages out of Washington, D.C., is pretty much “business as usual” these days; yesterday’s news indicating that Post 9/11 veterans, ages 18-24, have a staggering 20 percent unemployment rate, is stone-cold proof.
Since President Obama’s election, all the published governmental statistics indicate that the unemployment numbers are, on average, in the 8 percent range across the U.S.
Veterans are worried that the government’s actuarial tables have neglected to factor-in recent veterans.
The job problems for younger vets have continued despite a wide range of private and public efforts. Congress approved tax credits for companies that hire veterans. Federal agencies stepped up their preferential hiring of vets.
It is probably no coincidence that this week’s published retention numbers for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines were all at 100 percent for fiscal 2013. Often staying in the military is the best, if not the only, option for gainful employment for this demographic of veterans.
The highest overall unemployment rates are in Rhode Island and Nevada, with unemployment numbers over ten percent. South Dakota sees the lowest unemployment with a mere 4.4%
Read Military.com's essay, "Grass Isn't Always Greener" about leaving the military unprepared for civilian employment.
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