Veteran unemployment saw another small decrease in the month of June, from 9% in May to 8.6%. However, that number is still double the rate of 4.1% of unemployed veterans in March. Older veterans fared better in their job search then their younger counterparts. The rate of unemployment has held steady at 10.3% for Iraq and Afghanistan veteran while the unemployment rate for Gulf War era veterans is 6%. Improving veteran employment has been a concern and given priority by lawmakers recently. However, “employment experts have said that most of the recent troubles with veterans employment are tied to the country’s overall economic downturn, and can’t be fully reversed until those underlying national problems are addressed”.
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