New Statistics Show Unemployment Rates are Higher for Veterans

The U.S. Congress’s Joint Economic Committee has released updated statistics on veterans’ employment numbers since September 11, 2001. Committee Chairman Senator Bob Casey says the high unemployment rate among the nation’s nearly 2.5 million veterans who have served since then is unacceptable. Alaska’s overall unemployment rate as of May is 7.4 percent, but it’s higher for vets.  I spoke with Verdie Bowen, who is the Director of Veterans Affairs for the state of Alaska what kind of a job market Alaska’s vets can expect when they are discharged.

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