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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Returning Veterans Face Stark Job Prospects at Home

  • January 2, 2012
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Young military veterans along with those still serving in the National Guard or Reserve face long odds in finding a job in the civilian workforce.

The unemployment rate for veterans aged 20 to 24 averaged 30 percent in 2011, more than double their civilian counterparts. Unemployment for reservists once stood at 21 percent, compared with 12 percent for other veterans, reported the New York Times.

The gap is difficult to explain, although there are a variety of possible culprits. Many point to the divide between the public and the uniformed military as a primary cause. And veterans face stiff competition, even in fields that would seem to fit them best. The story highlighted one veteran who was not picked for openings at a local fire department and a juvenile corrections facility because other civilian candidates had experience in those jobs.

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