Tonight, PBS NewsHour’s financial news segment offers last week offered a glimpse into the lives of veterans trying to get back into a tough job market. Of the 2 million Iraq and Afghanistan vets, more than 11 percent of them were unemployed, as of 2010.
Vets say they’ve learned the key job skills while they served — selflessness, loyalty, teamwork, leadership — but some employers say they worry about post-traumatic stress disorder.
Since the start of 2011, the unemployment rate for veterans has been even higher — 15.2 percent in January and 12.5 percent in February, we reported earlier this week.
There is somewhat optimistic news for vets: The unemployment rate among young male veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan hit 21.9 percent in 2010, according to federal stats, but that is not significantly worse than the unemployment rate among their non-vet counterparts. Vets of all wars are doing better than the national average; their jobless rate is 8.7 percent, compared with 9.4 percent for non-vets.