The June 2014 unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Veterans are, as a whole, doing slightly better than non-Veterans despite increases in unemployment.
The 12 month rolling averages show that Veterans and non-Veterans overall are doing better than they were a year ago. Gulf War II Veteran unemployment has consistently decreased since February 2014.
Veteran unemployment rates increased by .4 percent while non-Veteran unemployment rates increased by .1 percent. Gulf War II Veteran unemployment rates increased by 1.7 percent.
From May to June in both 2013 and 2014, we saw that women, both Veterans and non-Veterans, had increased unemployment rates, as did non-Veterans in general. During those times, Gulf War II Veteran women in particular had higher rates.
Conversely, we see inconsistencies in all Veterans, Gulf War II Veterans, male Veterans in general and male Veterans of Gulf War II with decreased unemployment rates from May to June 2013 but increased rates from May to June 2014.
Women Veterans, specifically Gulf War II women Veterans, are doing worse than non-Veteran women. The unemployment rate for women Veterans as a whole increased by 1.7 percent while non-Veteran women unemployment rate increased by .1 percent. Gulf War II Veteran women’s unemployment increased by 3 percent.
Male Veterans as a whole are doing better than their non-Veteran counterparts for the past year. Last month, the unemployment rate for Gulf War II male Veterans dropped below their non-Veteran counterparts for the first time since July 2013. This month the Gulf War II male Veterans’ unemployment rate increased by 1.3 percent putting them .2 percent higher than non-Veteran men.
In April, Joining Forces launched the Veterans Employment Center, a new online platform which supports transitioning service members, veterans, and their spouses looking for new career opportunities. This site helps simplify the job search process by providing the most important online career tools within government in one place. This tool is a result of collaboration between the Department of Defense, Department of Labor, Office of Personnel Management, Small Business Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Job seekers can use the “military skills translator” to match military career tracks with civilian occupations and critical skills, create and upload a resume online, and find public and private job openings in a single search. Employers are provided with a direct feed of resumes from Veteran applicants, can view reverse skills translation (military to civilian skills) for applicants, and can make public their own Veterans hiring goals.
Watch a video about the new employment center here https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs.
Analyze the data yourself at http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/resources/unemployment/