Veteran Unemployment Mentioned in Debate, but Not Enough
Posted by Paul Rieckhoff on October 23
In last night's debate, veteran unemployment briefly became a subject of discussion--finally. This is a critical issue for the new veteran community and here are the facts:
The average unemployment rate for all generations of veterans was officially reported by the BLS at 6.7% in September, about one percentage point below the general population for the same month (7.8%). But that’s only one part of the full unemployment picture. For post-9/11 veterans, unemployment in September was reported at 9.7%. And for female veterans the story was even worse at 19.9%.
IAVA is calling on all candidates to show real leadership for new veterans on employment and other critical issues - from mental health to education.
IAVA’s 2012 Voter Guide outlines clear steps for all candidates to truly support veterans, and we hope to see all candidates address them with specificity them before November 6th. You can download it here.
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