Joint Economic Committee finds post 9/11 vets have trouble finding work

    A Joint Economic Committee report released yesterday by committee Chairman Sen. Bob Casey shows the unemployment rate is high among post-9/11 veterans. The report also looks at way to help these vets transition into civilian life.

    The JEC report, “Meeting the Needs of Veterans in Today’s Labor Force,” found the unemployment rate among post 9/11 veterans was 10.9 percent in April, compared to the 7.7 percent rate overall among veterans.

    “This report underscores the need to improve and strengthen programs designed to guide our servicemembers toward successful careers after their brave service in the Armed Forces,” Casey said in the JEC’s report statement.

    Since September 2001, 2.5 million men and women have left active duty in the military, according to the report. More than two-thirds of post-9/11 vets with jobs are working in the private sector.

    Two bills floating through Congress would enhance govnerment programs to help vets find work.

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