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March 29, 2017

Strengthening VETS

Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the annual Employment Situation of Veterans 2016 report. The numbers are encouraging to see, as the jobless rate for all veterans edged down to 4.3 percent in 2016 from 4.6 percent in 2015. This continues a downward trend from the peak of the recession in 2011, and brings the veteran unemployment rate near pre-recession levels. Some other highlights from the 2016 report include:

unemployment is down for all veterans

• Unemployment for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001 edged down to 5.1 percent in 2016.

• In 2016, the annual average unemployment rate for women veterans was not significantly different from all male veterans or all nonveterans of either gender.

• Among the 453,000 unemployed veterans in 2016, 60 percent were age 45 and over, 36 percent were 25 to 44, and 4 percent were 18 to 24.

• As of August 2016, nearly 1 in 3 employed veterans with a service-connected disability worked in the public sector, compared to about 1 in 5 veterans with no disability.

To learn more you can read our blog about the veteran employment numbers and access the full report here.

As we continue our work to connect veterans and transitioning servicemembers with the employment training and resources they need to succeed in connecting with civilian jobs, I’m asking our VETS team to continue learning about and connecting with the various programs and activities through the state, region and Federal levels that are available to serve our veterans.

We are proud and thankful for the DOL VETS team for working together to serve our veterans and their families with such dedicated passion and professionalism.

It is a privilege for me to serve alongside them.

Sam Shellenberger, Deputy Assistant Secretary
Sam Shellenberger,
Assistant Secretary (Acting)

Working for you

#ByTheNumbers: Veteran Unemployment Continues Downward Trend

In February 2017, the veteran unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent, continuing a positive outlook for veteran unemployment. In comparison, the non-veteran unemployment rate was 4.9 percent for the month. View the full report.

Getting Veterans Licensed to Work

Getting Veterans Licensed to Work

Checkout this toolkit for states, that details the streamlining of professional licensing and credentialing for veterans and transitioning service members. The toolkit identifies common barriers, describes strategies for overcoming them, and provides a blueprint that can help states accelerate veterans’ licensing and certification. Read more.

ICYMI: Women’s History Month Twitter Chat! #WHM #WomenVets

ICYMI: Women's History Month Twitter Chat! #WHM #WomenVets

VETS hosted a Women’s History Month Twitter chat to share resources for women veterans, to honor trailblazing women veterans, and to focus on tools to empower women veterans at work and beyond. The Department of Veterans Affairs, the Disabled American Veterans, and veteran and advocate Kayla Williams joined us for the chat. Checkout some highlights.

DAS Visits Texas; Hiring Our Heroes Event

DAS Visits Texas; Hiring Our Heroes Event

VETS Deputy Assistant Secretary Sam Shellenberger visited Texas last week to meet with nearly 2000 soldiers, spouses, and veterans, and more than 120 employers present during a Hiring Our Heroes event, as well as a Transition Summit. He also met with leaders from the Texas Workforce Commission, Fort Bliss, and Texas Workforce Solutions to talk about the veteran transition space. Follow @VETS_DOL on Twitter for the latest updates & trip highlights.

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In Other News

Trailblazing Women Veterans: Own Your Service

Marine veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan sworn in as NY police officer

IBM to hire 2K US veterans for 'new collar' IT jobs

Starbucks sets new hiring goals, including employing 25,000 veterans by 2025

Helping the disabled to find work is next step to growing employment rate

Hiring Our Heroes job fair helps veterans build resumes, interviewing and networking skills

How can you help? If you know a veteran who is seeking employment, point them to an American Job Center (www.careeronestop.org) or share this "How-To" video to help them find their path.

Together, we will continue build employment opportunities for our veterans, and honor their service by allowing them to continue service in the career they choose.

VETS prepares America’s veterans, servicemembers and their spouses, for meaningful careers, provides them with employment resources and expertise, protects their employment rights and promotes their employment opportunities.

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