Recent Veterans more likely to be Employed than Non-Veterans

Thursday, November 20, 2014
(graphic: Steve Straehley, AllGov)

Veterans of recent U.S. wars are more likely to be employed than those in the population at large, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.


Statistics how veterans of the 1991 Gulf War and the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan enjoy much higher rates of employment than Americans who have not served in the military.


In the period from 2011 to 2013, employment among veterans of both genders of the wars was 79%, compared to 70% of nonveterans. Employment among male Gulf War veterans was 84%. Men who served in Iraq and Afghanistan last decade had a lower, though still impressive rate of 78%. Both groups of veterans were better off than nonveteran men, whose employment rate was 75%.


Similarly, women who served in both wars have struggled less with unemployment. Female Gulf War veterans had an employment rate of 73%, compared with 69% of Iraq and Afghanistan war women vets and 65.1% of nonveteran women.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Employment Status and Occupations of Gulf War-Era Veterans (by Kelly Holder, Census Bureau)

Federal Push to Hire Veterans Reduces Jobs Available for Women (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)


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