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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, 2020-2021 annual averages

Table A. Employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population 18 years and over by veteran status, period of service, and sex, 2020-2021 annual averages [Numbers in thousands]
Veteran status and period of service 2020 2021
Total Men Women Total Men Women

TOTAL VETERANS

Civilian noninstitutional population

18,466 16,562 1,904 18,506 16,533 1,973

Civilian labor force

8,918 7,826 1,093 8,818 7,670 1,148

Participation rate

48.3 47.2 57.4 47.7 46.4 58.2

Employed

8,338 7,319 1,019 8,433 7,332 1,100

Employment-population ratio

45.2 44.2 53.5 45.6 44.3 55.8

Unemployed

581 507 74 386 337 48

Unemployment rate

6.5 6.5 6.7 4.4 4.4 4.2

Not in labor force

9,548 8,737 811 9,688 8,863 824

Gulf War-era II veterans

Civilian noninstitutional population

4,484 3,725 760 4,670 3,858 812

Civilian labor force

3,530 3,009 521 3,673 3,113 560

Participation rate

78.7 80.8 68.6 78.7 80.7 69.0

Employed

3,271 2,788 483 3,502 2,970 533

Employment-population ratio

72.9 74.8 63.6 75.0 77.0 65.6

Unemployed

259 221 38 171 144 27

Unemployment rate

7.3 7.4 7.2 4.6 4.6 4.9

Not in labor force

955 716 239 997 745 252

NONVETERANS

Civilian noninstitutional population

233,099 104,960 128,140 234,176 105,515 128,661

Civilian labor force

149,742 76,404 73,338 150,143 76,752 73,391

Participation rate

64.2 72.8 57.2 64.1 72.7 57.0

Employed

137,739 70,438 67,301 142,161 72,539 69,622

Employment-population ratio

59.1 67.1 52.5 60.7 68.7 54.1

Unemployed

12,003 5,966 6,037 7,982 4,213 3,769

Unemployment rate

8.0 7.8 8.2 5.3 5.5 5.1

Not in labor force

83,357 28,555 54,802 84,033 28,763 55,270

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 January 2021, estimates for veterans incorporate population controls derived from an updated Department of Veterans Affairs population model.

Last Modified Date: April 21, 2022