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Employment Situation of Veterans Summary Table A. Employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population 18 years and over by veteran status, period of service, and sex, 2019-2020 annual averages

Table A. Employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population 18 years and over by veteran status, period of service, and sex, 2019-2020 annual averages [Numbers in thousands]
Veteran status and period of service 2019 2020
Total Men Women Total Men Women

TOTAL VETERANS

Civilian noninstitutional population

18,822 16,938 1,884 18,466 16,562 1,904

Civilian labor force

9,270 8,169 1,101 8,918 7,826 1,093

Participation rate

49.2 48.2 58.4 48.3 47.2 57.4

Employed

8,986 7,926 1,060 8,338 7,319 1,019

Employment-population ratio

47.7 46.8 56.2 45.2 44.2 53.5

Unemployed

284 243 41 581 507 74

Unemployment rate

3.1 3.0 3.7 6.5 6.5 6.7

Not in labor force

9,552 8,769 784 9,548 8,737 811

Gulf War-era II veterans

Civilian noninstitutional population

4,328 3,602 726 4,484 3,725 760

Civilian labor force

3,468 2,974 495 3,530 3,009 521

Participation rate

80.1 82.6 68.1 78.7 80.8 68.6

Employed

3,345 2,874 471 3,271 2,788 483

Employment-population ratio

77.3 79.8 64.9 72.9 74.8 63.6

Unemployed

123 100 23 259 221 38

Unemployment rate

3.5 3.4 4.7 7.3 7.4 7.2

Not in labor force

860 628 232 955 716 239

NONVETERANS

Civilian noninstitutional population

231,555 103,960 127,595 233,099 104,960 128,140

Civilian labor force

152,188 77,491 74,697 149,742 76,404 73,338

Participation rate

65.7 74.5 58.5 64.2 72.8 57.2

Employed

146,763 74,655 72,107 137,739 70,438 67,301

Employment-population ratio

63.4 71.8 56.5 59.1 67.1 52.5

Unemployed

5,425 2,835 2,590 12,003 5,966 6,037

Unemployment rate

3.6 3.7 3.5 8.0 7.8 8.2

Not in labor force

79,367 26,469 52,898 83,357 28,555 54,802

NOTE: Veterans are men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were not on active duty at the time of the survey. Gulf War-era II veterans served on active duty anywhere in the world sometime since September 2001. Nonveterans never served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. Effective with data for November 2017, estimates for veterans incorporate population controls derived from an updated Department of Veterans Affairs´┐Ż population model.

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Last Modified Date: March 18, 2021