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Alaska had highest share of veterans in labor force among states in 2017

March 30, 2018

There were 10.1 million veterans in the U.S. labor force in 2017, accounting for 6.4 percent of the total labor force age 18 and older. The percent of each state’s labor force that were veterans varied across the country, ranging from 12.1 percent in Alaska to 3.4 percent each in New Jersey and New York.

Share of labor force that are veterans, by state, 2017 annual averages
State Percent Veteran labor force Nonveteran labor force

Total, 18 years and older

6.4% 10,125,000 147,957,000

Alabama

8.5 182,000 1,967,000

Alaska

12.1 44,000 321,000

Arizona

7.0 229,000 3,033,000

Arkansas

8.0 108,000 1,241,000

California

4.7 887,000 18,116,000

Colorado

7.2 215,000 2,768,000

Connecticut

4.9 93,000 1,790,000

Delaware

7.7 36,000 433,000

District of Columbia

3.5 14,000 384,000

Florida

7.3 734,000 9,284,000

Georgia

8.2 410,000 4,607,000

Hawaii

8.1 55,000 626,000

Idaho

6.6 54,000 762,000

Illinois

4.7 295,000 6,046,000

Indiana

7.4 239,000 3,011,000

Iowa

6.9 113,000 1,527,000

Kansas

6.1 88,000 1,366,000

Kentucky

7.3 148,000 1,885,000

Louisiana

7.1 149,000 1,946,000

Maine

8.0 55,000 635,000

Maryland

8.4 268,000 2,919,000

Massachusetts

4.8 172,000 3,437,000

Michigan

5.4 260,000 4,522,000

Minnesota

5.9 178,000 2,846,000

Mississippi

7.7 98,000 1,169,000

Missouri

7.0 208,000 2,751,000

Montana

9.9 51,000 465,000

Nebraska

6.4 63,000 920,000

Nevada

9.4 135,000 1,308,000

New Hampshire

6.7 49,000 677,000

New Jersey

3.4 150,000 4,279,000

New Mexico

7.6 70,000 852,000

New York

3.4 323,000 9,240,000

North Carolina

7.5 365,000 4,481,000

North Dakota

6.6 27,000 383,000

Ohio

6.5 369,000 5,292,000

Oklahoma

8.3 151,000 1,668,000

Oregon

7.3 152,000 1,941,000

Pennsylvania

6.1 382,000 5,882,000

Rhode Island

5.8 32,000 516,000

South Carolina

8.4 189,000 2,060,000

South Dakota

10.2 46,000 407,000

Tennessee

8.3 262,000 2,912,000

Texas

6.8 905,000 12,409,000

Utah

5.2 79,000 1,445,000

Vermont

5.6 19,000 319,000

Virginia

10.8 463,000 3,806,000

Washington

6.7 245,000 3,425,000

West Virginia

8.3 64,000 711,000

Wisconsin

5.7 175,000 2,905,000

Wyoming

9.6 28,000 263,000

Following Alaska, Virginia (10.8 percent) and South Dakota (10.2 percent) had the highest shares of veterans in their labor forces.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see "Employment Situation of Veterans — 2017" (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, Alaska had highest share of veterans in labor force among states in 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/alaska-had-highest-share-of-veterans-in-labor-force-among-states-in-2017.htm (visited August 07, 2020).

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