Federal agencies will be directed to increase their hiring of military spouses, under an executive order President Trump signed Wednesday at a White House event with First Lady Melania Trump and military spouses and mothers. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey estimated the unemployment rate for military spouses was 16 percent in 2017; overall unemployment in the United States was 3.9 percent as of April, reported Stars and Stripes. “We are going to change that, and we are going to change it as quickly as we can,” the president said. “It will go fast.”
In addition to encouraging agencies to apply more liberally a federal law that gives preference to military spouses for government jobs, it directs the Office of Personnel Management to increase awareness of the hiring preference and train agencies about how to employ it. It also calls for the federal government to better track how many military spouses it hires. “As a federal government, if we are going to be working with our private sector and asking for others to hire military spouses, we need to lead by example,” said Jennifer Korn, a special assistant to the president.
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