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April 6, 2018

Veterans Unemployment Update

Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.1 Percent in March
In February 2018, the veteran unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, up slightly from 3.9 percent in March 2017. The non-veteran unemployment rate for March 2018 was 4.0 percent (not seasonally adjusted). Also of note, the total estimated unemployed veterans dropped from 405,000 in March 2017 to 392,000 in March 2018. View the full report.

Latest Unemployment Numbers

  • National Unemployment Rate: 4.1% in March 2018
  • Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate: 4.0% in March 2018
  • Veteran Unemployment Rate: 4.1% in March 2018
  • Women Veterans Unemployment: 1.8% in March 2018

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Unemployment is down for all U.S. veterans. 3.7% in 2017.

ICYMI: Employment Situation of Veterans – 2017
The employment situation for veterans continues to improve, with unemployment at 3.7 percent in 2017, down from 4.3 percent in 2016. View the full report.

Highlights from the 2017 data:

  • The unemployment rate for male veterans (3.6 percent) declined over the year, and the rate for female veterans (4.1 percent) changed little in 2017. The unemployment rate for male veterans was not statistically different from the rate for female veterans. (See table A.)

  • Among the 370,000 unemployed veterans in 2017, 59 percent were age 25 to 54, 37 percent were age 55 and over, and 4 percent were age 18 to 24. (See table 2A.)

  • helpful infographics Veterans with a service-connected disability had an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent in August 2017, little different from veterans with no disability (4.5 percent). (See table 7.)

  • About 1 in 3 employed veterans with a service-connected disability worked in the public sector in August 2017, compared with about 1 in 5 veterans with no disability. (See table 8.)

  • In 2017, the unemployment rate of veterans varied across the country, ranging from 1.7 percent in Maine and Vermont to 7.3 percent in Rhode Island. (See table 6A.)

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