Unemployment among young veterans
By The Post's Frank Ahrens in his blog, The Ticker:
The first thing we need to do is try to get a handle on unemployment among veterans. The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) breaks down joblessness among veterans into eras, based on the wars they served in.
As of last month, the overall rate of unemployment for all vets was 8.1 percent, according to the BLS -- actually lower than the national unemployment rate.
But that number is skewed by older veterans who are entrenched in the labor force. The numbers for younger vets is higher.
Breaking down the BLS data:
-- Unemployment among vets of WWII, Korea and Vietnam: 7.6 percent, up from 4 percent in October 2008.
-- Unemployment among vets of Gulf War I (1990-91): 6.1 percent, up from 5.2 percent this time last year.
-- Unemployment among vets of Gulf War II (post-2001 conflicts): 11.6 percent, up from 8 percent this time last year.
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