Vets landing more jobs than civilians

Despite fears that veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming back home to a life of unemployment, the latest government figures suggest the opposite.

The unemployment rate for veterans is 7.6 percent, below the national rate of 8.3 percent, according to a CNN Money report, citing Bureau of Labor Statistics figures.

One reason for the strong showing is that employers and Uncle Sam are targeting vets for spots in the civilian work force. The improving economy also helps their odds of landing a position, CNN says.

Disney announced this week it will hire 1,000 vets over the next three years as part of its “Heroes Work Here” program.

Federal programs, such as the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors, provide tax credits for companies that hire vets.   From CNN:

Returning Heroes provides a credit of up to $2,400 to employers who hire a vet who’s been unemployed for at least four weeks. It was expanded to give $5,600 to employers who hire veterans who’ve been jobless for over six months.

The private and public efforts appear to be paying off. Last year unemployment among vets stood at 12.5 percent.

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Not a Vet but a Supporter

March 15th, 2012
7:01 pm

A decrease in unemployment for veterans from 12.3 percent to 7.6 percent in one year???? That’s dramatic! Other than Disney, are the veterans getting hired primarily in the public or private sector? I think public positions are being held for veterans only even though the positions are still posted on because of due diligence from the government.


March 15th, 2012
7:17 pm

Which is how an economy is supposed to be as well as it spurs growth, those hired in turn create jobs in the communities they are in, especially in small local businesses, as well as for companies doing business with those hiring as they grow. he way it used to function under our once Capitalist system not the top down capitalist system the few created with the con, free market capitalism, they would invest to create and as seen haven’t and won’t.

The Executive branch has only a few tools they can do to push the wealthy and corporations into hiring the needs they do have, reason they’re pushing workers to do more for less now is that need, and this one has been doing since coming into office, those in and around, while the congressional obstructor’s continue to obstruct and not only do nothing but the House had already tried cutting the already underfunded for decades, especially the past one, Veterans Administration budget as soon as they took over the House.

USN All Shore ‘67-’71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country ‘70-’71


March 15th, 2012
8:23 pm

JimS, time for your meds……

Soldier M

March 15th, 2012
10:05 pm

I have to disagree with this! I am a vet, having served 20 years in the US Army and can’t find a job in the Atlanta area. Been looking and applying for the past five years. Can someone please tell me the secret to landing a J.O.B. in the ATL?

Road Scholar

March 16th, 2012
8:29 am

Soldier M: What skills do you have or are going to school to develop? And from your post, drop the Attitude!


March 16th, 2012
10:15 am

I guess that’s one way to keep them from revolting against the crown. The man fears an unemployed soldier.


March 16th, 2012
10:22 am

How many being hired are retired 20 year type and how many are first or second term? Lots hired retired as can pay them less and no medical bennies needed. DOD contractors eat up high level retired as lobbyists and contract types. Would like to see break out of who is hired, at what rates and for what jobs. Some firms do hire for real jobs, others just “fill in blank spot on chart” with vets.
A follow up with details really needed as most vets will tell you they get real cautious when “come here as we specialize in vets or discount for vets etc. often now quite what the spin said it was, as in the for profit schools ripping off vets for GI Bill. So details please.


March 16th, 2012
11:49 am

Sounds like affirmative action to me.

Joe Brown

March 19th, 2012
8:47 am

I find it interesting that reports, in the AJC, only days apart from one another are in direct contract. Please see the Sunday, March 18th article entitled, “Special report: Veterans fight to find jobs”.

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