With the release of the January 2014 unemployment data this week, we see Veteran unemployment numbers have largely held steady with a slight increase in post 9-11 Veteran unemployment. We’ve included some graphs that display Veteran unemployment data since January 2010.

In December 2013, the Veteran unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, rising a fraction to 5.6 percent in January 2014 (see graph at top of page.) The post-9/11 “Gulf War II” era Veteran population (graph below) saw a small rise, from 7.3 to 7.9 percent. While the Gulf War II-era Veteran data is slightly higher than the national average of 6.6 percent, overall Veteran unemployment remains a point lower.

Statistics aside, we know the job hunt can be challenging. Many of us are Veterans who have been out of work at one point or another in our lives. I came to VA last August after nine months of unemployment and a job search that lasted 18 months total. It was difficult and at times quite disheartening, but knowing my family needed me helped keep me motivated. Whether it’s your family or yourself, find that motivation and keep looking for jobs.

VA and its federal and state partners are here to help. First, check out our employment services page. You’ll find information on vocational rehabilitation, and educational and vocational counseling. Or, maybe you want to go back to school, get some training or certifications. Check out our educational services page to see what benefits you are eligible for.

But you’ll find resources beyond VA, too. Every state – Northern Virginia to North Carolina, Missouri to Washington to Texas to show a few – has programs to help Veterans with training and job search. To find your state, do an online search for the “state name + Veteran employment resources.”

Government agencies also focus on the importance of hiring Veterans, including the Departments of State, Labor, and Justice and you’ll find resources for potential employees and employers at the Feds Hire Vets site. And, Veterans can always find assistance at the USAJOBS.gov website.

A variety of Veterans service organizations, non-profits organizations, and other groups also provide employment-related assistance to Veterans. For example, the VFW offers help through its National Veterans Employment Assistance Service; you can find online information at the Military and Veteran Career Center at Military.com; or find a directory of veterans service organizations here.

The bottom line is: Don’t give up.

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Published on Feb. 7, 2014

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  1. Debbie February 17, 2014 at 3:03 pm
  2. Tara B February 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you for point to resources for finding jobs for Veterans. Some private companies alo have initiatives to hire Veterans and if one is looking for employment, those should also be on their list. I am overall glad to see a downward trend in unemployment from 2010 despite the small increase in Jan 2014.

    • Eldon February 12, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      As a 1953-1957 Vet . My heart cries out to these men and women.
      My heart and Soul reaches out to our Vets.
      Look forward to doing my dudies best to help……..God Bless
      Rev Eldon Schuler

  3. Jenny February 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Thanks for the wonderful post. It came at a right time as I am helping my father with job search.

  4. Lisa Edwards February 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Thank you for this article. I find your graphs interesting, but neither of them site a data source. Where did you get your statistical information? I know several veterans who are not employed, nor are they receiving unemployment benefits. Are these veterans included in your statistics or are you only looking at veterans who receive unemployment benefits?

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