Veterans in the era following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are more likely to have jobs than their civilian counterparts, according to a recent white paper. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for veterans 18 years of age and older has been higher than that of non-veterans for every month since 2013, the Pew Research Center stated in a study published earlier this year. The jobless rate for veterans in August stood at 3.4 percent, compared to 3.6 percent for non-veterans during the same period.
Most of the veterans who participated in the Pew study said their military experience provided “skills and training” that were useful in their civilian jobs.
The study also showed that veterans were “far more likely” to get government jobs. Ten percent of all veterans worked for the government last year, compared to two percent of non-veterans. In contrast, veterans were less likely to hold civilian jobs in the leisure, hospitality, financial services and retail professions.