The unemployment rate for veterans in 2012 was 7%, at the same time the nonveteran unemployment rate was 7.9%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Historically, veterans have enjoyed higher rates of employment than the general public. Military service is such an advantage that, since 2006, the veteran unemployment rate has averaged a full percentage point below the national unemployment rate,” said Brandon Friedman, VP at Fleishman-Hillard, former US Dept. of Veteran Affairs employee, and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, in a Time US piece he wrote in March 2013.
As Friedman noted the veteran advantage in the workforce holds true for all but the youngest Veterans – called Gulf War-era II on most reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The problem was identified by the George W. Bush Institute in a joint study conducted with the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families. One of the stated findings: “post-9/11 veterans face ever higher rates of unemployment than their civilian counterparts, and this is their top concern.”