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October 6, 2017

Veterans Unemployment Update

Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.0 Percent in September
In September 2017, the veteran unemployment rate was 3.0 percent, down from 4.3 percent last September. In comparison, the non-veteran unemployment rate for September 2017 was 4.0 percent (not seasonally adjusted). Additionally, Gulf War II-era veterans (those who served after September 11, 2001) showed a rate of 3.9 percent for the month. View the full report.

***SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA***
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma played a significant role in displacing workers in Texas, Florida, and the Gulf Coast region. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that unemployment statistics, such as those referenced above, were not affected by the inclement weather.

Further discussion of the impact of the recent hurricanes on the September estimates can be found in the BLS Commissioner's Statement on the Employment Situation, at www.bls.gov/news.release/jec.nr0.htm.

VETS Monthly Employment Overview — September 2017
Attached, please find the Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) monthly Veteran Employment Update, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release. The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide. Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

VETS prepares America's veterans, service members 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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