Unemployment falls for Veterans, Gulf War II Veterans, Non Veterans

The April 2014 unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Veterans are, as a whole, doing slightly better than non-Veterans. Gulf War II Veterans, while lower than last month, are still experiencing higher rates of unemployment than non-Veterans or Veterans as a whole. While there is still more work to do, the downward trend in Veteran unemployment had continued since January.


Veteran Unemployment Rates April 2013 – April 2014

Analyze the data yourself at http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/resources/unemployment/

The April numbers show that unemployment for all Veterans was reported at 5.6 percent, which is .1 below non Veterans at 5.7 percent. Looking specifically at our most recent Veterans, the Gulf War II era veterans’ unemployment rate is 6.8 percent, which is down .1 from March’s rate of 6.9 percent. It’s also the lowest monthly unemployment rate since November 2008 for Veterans who have served in the Gulf War II era.


Veteran Unemployment Rates April 2013 – April 2014 12 Month Moving Average

We have recently compiled the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Veteran unemployment and created a tool which allows you to compare different demographics as they relate to Veteran unemployment. Use the tool at http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/resources/unemployment/

We want to see the numbers of employed Veterans continue to rise. For those Veterans looking for work, VA and its federal, state and private sector partners are here to help. Check out some of these resources:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has the Hiring our Heroes program.

The White House’s Joining Forces initiative also works to support Veteran employment.

VA has resources at our employment services page.

Or, you might consider school or training – find information on our educational services page to see what benefits you are eligible for.

For state resources: do an online search for “state name + Veteran employment resources” and you’ll be amazed at what pops up. You can also do an online search for “state name + Veteran educational resources” and you’ll find more benefits and assistance.

Additionally, many government agencies help, too. You can find resources at the Departments of State, Labor, and Justice and be sure to visit the Feds Hire Vets site. And, Veterans can always find assistance at the USAJOBS.gov website.

Finally, don’t forget your Veterans service organizations, non-profit organizations and other groups that provide assistance to Veterans. The VFW offers help through its National Veterans Employment Assistance Service. You can also find online information at the Military and Veteran Career Center at Military.com or find a directory of veterans service organizations here.


Tim Hudak

  joined the VA in December 2013 and is on the Veterans Experience Office team. Tim, a Chicago-land native enlisted in the Marine Corps straight out of high school. As an intelligence analyst he deployed to Al Anbar province, Iraq with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 in 2006 and 2008. After the Marine Corps, Tim used the GI Bill to earn a degree in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., and co-founded the university’s first student Veteran organization. Tim is active in many Veteran organizations.