Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.2 Percent in September
In September 2019, the veteran unemployment rate dropped to 3.2 percent, down from 3.4 percent last month. The non-veteran unemployment rate for September 2019 was 3.4 percent. Utilizing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, this is the 13th consecutive month when the veteran unemployment rate was lower than the non-veteran unemployment rate. View the full report.
ICYMI: Seasonally and Non-Seasonally Adjusted Data
Historically, we have referenced the not 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-adjusted data, that is still available here: Non-Seasonally Adjusted Data.
Additional Veteran Unemployment Data Available
By visiting the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service employment page (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/latest-numbers), you can view additional Bureau of Labor Statistics data by various demographics such as age, gender, and period of service. You can also view past news releases, the latest annual unemployment report, and helpful infographics. This page will be updated periodically, so check back often for the latest information.