Veteran Unemployment Rate Lower than Nonveteran

August 29, 2012

Veteran Unemployment Rate Lower than Nonveteran

Historically, veteran unemployment has been lower than nonveteran unemployment. The below chart is annual data from theBLS CPS and demonstrates that veteran unemployment has always been lower than the nonveteran unemployment.

 

Unemployment rates of persons 20 years and over, annual averages 1986-2011.
Total, both sexes (percent)  

Year

Total, 20 years and over

Veterans

Nonveterans

1986

6.2

5.1

6.4

1987

5.4

4.8

5.6

1988

4.8

4.1

5.0

1989

4.6

3.7

4.8

1990

4.9

4.2

5.0

1991

6.1

5.4

6.1

1992

6.8

6.0

6.8

1993

6.2

5.8

6.2

1994

5.4

5.0

5.5

1995

4.9

4.1

5.0

1996

4.7

3.9

4.8

1997

4.3

3.4

4.4

1998

3.9

3.2

4.0

1999

3.6

3.2

3.7

2000

3.4

2.9

3.5

2001

4.2

3.6

4.2

2002

5.2

4.7

5.2

2003

5.4

5.0

5.4

2004

4.9

4.6

5.0

2005

4.5

4.0

4.6

2006

4.1

3.8

4.1

2007

4.1

3.8

4.1

2008

5.2

4.6

5.2

2009

8.6

8.1

8.6

2010

9.0

8.7

9.0

2011

8.3

8.3

8.4

Historical unemployment rates

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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