06 Apr '12, 9pm

After a 2 month decline, new vet unemployment jumped to 10.3% in March. @IAVA's DC team asks why:

After a 2 month decline, new vet unemployment jumped to 10.3% in March. @IAVA's DC team asks why:

These findings begin to paint a fuller picture of Iraq and Afghanistan veteran unemployment, and strongly point to the importance of education for employment . In fact, in 2011 the average unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans with a high school diploma was 16.4, compared to 6.3 for new vets with any college level education. Younger Americans across the board were more likely to be unemployed than older Americans in 2011, although the national 18-24 year old average rate was 16.3 percent, compared to 35.7 percent among our youngest veterans. College degrees may once again account for part of this difference, since many young veterans are at least four years behind their non-veteran counterparts in getting a college degree.

Full article: http://iava.org/blog/alarming-trend-veteran-unemployment

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