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.

Unemployment rates, persons 18 years and over, Gulf War-era veterans and nonveterans, selected age groups, August 2005 (not seasonally adjusted)
[Chart data—TXT]

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 September 30, 2016).


Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.