Unemployment among Gulf War veterans
June 01, 2006
In August 2005, the unemployment rate among the 3.9 million veterans of the Gulf War-era (from August 1990 forward) was 5.2 percent; the rate for nonveterans was 4.7 percent.
Young Gulf War-era veterans (18 to 24 years old) had a higher unemployment rate (18.7 percent) than young nonveterans (9.9 percent).
Older Gulf War-era veterans (25 to 54 years old) had an unemployment rate very similar to their nonveteran peers—about 4 percent.
These data are from the Current Population Survey program. 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. The 2005 supplement is the first that separately identifies Gulf War-era veterans.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment among Gulf War veterans on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/may/wk5/art03.htm (visited July 31, 2015).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.