Bureau of Labor Statistics

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)
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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 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/may/wk5/art03.htm (visited December 05, 2021).


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