Veteran Unemployment Rate was 2.9% in May 2022

In May 2022, the veteran unemployment rate was 2.9%, down from 3.0% the previous month and down from 4.4% the prior year. Also in May 2022, the comparable non-veteran unemployment rate was 3.6%, same as the previous month and down from 5.8% the prior year. The unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted and for individuals aged 18 years and over in the civilian non-institutional population.

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Veteran Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Non-Seasonally Adjusted Data

Seasonally and Non-Seasonally Adjusted Data

Historically, we have referenced the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for veterans. However, beginning July 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics began publishing the seasonally adjusted veteran unemployment rate. This adjustment accounts for any predictable seasonal patterns in the data and allows for better month-to-month comparisons; we will utilize this data series going forward.

The full seasonally adjusted veteran unemployment rate series going back to 2003 is available here: Veteran Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates. If you are interested in the non-seasonally adjusted data, that is still available here: Non-Seasonally Adjusted Data.

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Employment Situation of Veterans – 2021

The annual unemployment rate decreased from 6.5% in 2020 to 4.4% in 2021 for veterans aged 18 years and over. 

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