31 percent of employed veterans with a disability worked in government in August 2016

March 29, 2017

There were about 9.9 million employed veterans in August 2016. About 2.0 million of these veterans had a service-connected disability. Many veterans with a service-connected disability worked in the public sector. In August 2016, 31 percent of employed veterans with a disability worked in federal, state, or local government, compared with 19 percent of veterans with no disability and 13 percent of nonveterans.

 

 

Percent distribution of employed people 18 years and older by veteran status, presence of service-connected disability, period of service, and class of worker, August 2016
Veteran status, presence of disability, and period of service Agriculture
and related industries
Private nonagricultural
wage and salary
Federal government State and local
government
Nonagricultural
self-employed,
unincorporated

All service periods, with service-connected disability

1.4 63.1 20.0 10.9 4.6

All service periods, without service-connected disability

1.6 72.8 6.7 12.1 6.9

Gulf War era II, with service-connected disability

0.0 64.6 20.8 11.9 2.7

Gulf War era II, without service-connected disability

0.2 71.7 9.9 15.0 3.2

Gulf War era I, with service-connected disability

0.0 64.6 24.1 7.3 4.0

Gulf War era I, without service-connected disability

0.3 75.9 6.9 13.2 3.6

WW II, Korean War, and Vietnam era, with service-connected disability

10.9 56.8 9.4 10.5 12.4

WW II, Korean War, and Vietnam era, without service-connected disability

4.4 67.9 3.7 7.9 16.1

Other service periods, with service-connected disability

1.9 59.4 16.8 15.3 6.5

Other service periods, without service-connected disability

1.8 74.7 5.9 11.5 6.1

Nonveterans

1.8 79.5 1.9 10.9 5.7

Similar percentages of veterans and nonveterans were self-employed in August 2016. Among the employed, 4.6 percent of veterans with a service-connected disability were self-employed. That was little different from the 6.9 percent of veterans with no disability and 5.7 percent of nonveterans.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see "Employment Situation of Veterans — 2016" (HTML) (PDF). Veterans are men and women who previously served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were civilians when they were surveyed. People on active duty at the time of the survey are outside the scope of the survey. More information about veterans is available from the Current Population Survey.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 31 percent of employed veterans with a disability worked in government in August 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/31-percent-of-employed-veterans-with-a-disability-worked-in-government-in-august-2016.htm (visited December 13, 2017).

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