10 Aug '18, 6pm

#Milspouse unemployment rate remains four times higher than the national average

#Milspouse unemployment rate remains four times higher than the national average

The push for military spouses to secure meaningful employment and childcare earned a big boost in the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). [Related: Here's What Military Families Need to Know about the NDAA ] The $716 billion defense spending bill includes a number of important provisions to assist military spouses, who struggle with unemployment at rates four times higher than the national average. Unlike civilians, military spouses face unique challenges as they regularly move for a servicemember's career and might have to take long leaves of absence to care for children during training exercises or deployments. Eryn Wagnon, associate director for MOAA's government relations, said the government has been successful in tackling veteran unemployment rates, which has set a template for spouse unemployment rates. “The issue of spouse employment has also gained ...

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