The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to the Labor Department, the unemployment rate for all veterans was 4.6 percent last year. By the end of 2015, the unemployment rate for people 16 and over was 5 percent, while in the first two months of 2016 it was 4.9 percent.
Disabled American Veterans, an advocacy group, last year in a survey found a majority of veterans said they valued their service and would do it again, but most felt they hadn’t received adequate support after taking off their uniforms and returning to civilian life. Indeed, the federal government has become somewhat of a refuge for post-9/11 veterans: 14% worked for the feds last year, compared with 2% of nonveterans.
“I do think it’s become incrementally easier for veterans to transition out of the military,” said Nathan Smith, chief operating officer for Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit that helps veterans find jobs. “Certainly the economy is helpful.”