Employment Situation of Veterans
Every March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases the annual Veteran Employment Situation report. The 2013 report showed that the employment situation for women veterans is improving. The annual average unemployment rate for all women veterans in 2013 was 6.9%, down from 8.3% in 2012. This is a little higher than male veterans at 6.5% or women nonveterans at 6.8% but a little lower than male nonveterans at 7.5%.
Statistics, however, don't mean much to the women veterans who may be struggling to find work. The Department of Labor (DOL) offers numerous programs and resources to expand opportunities for women veterans.
Information about the status of working women in America is available on the DOL Women’s Bureau website, including a Guide to Women’s Equal Pay Rights and Data & Statistics Pertaining to Women’s Employment
Find an American Job Centers (AJC)
Some women veterans will know challenges also experienced by male veterans. Some will know challenges experienced by nonveteran working women. Some women veterans may experience both, or even additional challenges found among other jobseekers. Individual, free employment assistance based on her specific circumstances and needs is available at the American Job Centers, and veterans receive priority of service.
Gold Card Initiative
Gold Card services are available at American Job Centers for those who served in the military after 9/11. Gold Card services may include case management, development of an individual employment plan, and 6 months of follow-up.
DOL Employment Workshop
VETS prepares transitioning service members for their civilian job search through the DOL Employment Workshop. Veterans who may not have attended the workshop, or who need a refresher, may now access the curriculum material online, including the participant guide. The participant guide, a simple PDF download, contains 250 pages of both information and practical exercises.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and members of Reserve components. DOL VETS provides assistance to veterans with USERRA claims. To learn more, visit the VETS USERRA website.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Veterans interested in a career change after military service may benefit from visiting the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook, where they can view Employment Projections and Highest Paying Occupations.
Registered Apprenticeships are a great way for veterans to start over in a new career. A number of resources are available through registered apprenticeships to help service members and veterans enter high-skill, good paying jobs.