Unemployment rates of veterans, 2005

May 30, 2006

In August 2005, the unemployment rate for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces was 3.9 percent. The rate for nonveterans was 4.7 percent.

Unemployment rates of veterans and nonveterans, August 2005 (not seasonally adjusted)
[Chart data—TXT]

The unemployment rate of male veterans (3.7 percent) was little different from the rate of nonveterans (4.4 percent) in August 2005. Among men 18 to 24 years old, however, veterans had a higher jobless rate than nonveterans (17.2 versus 10.4 percent).

The unemployment rate of female veterans (5.9 percent) was about the same as that for nonveterans (5.0 percent).

The Current Population Survey is the source of these data. To learn more, see Employment Situation of Veterans: August 2005 (PDF) (TXT), USDL 06-897. The survey of veterans was conducted for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau as a special supplement to the August 2005 Current Population Survey. The 2005 supplement was co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans Employment and Training Service. These supplements have been conducted every two years since 1985.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates of veterans, 2005 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/may/wk5/art01.htm (visited September 26, 2016).


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