In an already dismal month for jobs data, with national unemployment rising to 8.2% after a miserable jobs report, the Bureau of labour Statistics also reported that unemployment has hit 12.7% for veterans who served in the military since 2001.
This is a jump up from 9.2%, the unemployment rate for recent vets in April. May’s figures were disastrous all around, but hit recent veterans much harder than the general workforce or veterans measured as a whole (7.8% unemployment).
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs has tried to push a bill — a GI education benefit — which would grant assistance to veterans returning home.
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