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Using the Transitional Jobs Strategy to Help Chronically Unemployed Veterans

September 1, 2009

One in nine Iraq and Afghanistan veterans was out of work in spring 2009, the unemployment rate of those veterans having risen in the course of a year from 7.2 percent to 11.2 percent -- substantially higher than the 8.8 percent rate for the non-veteran population.The disproportionate unemployment numbers among veterans also reflect a deeper problem: issues rooted in their military experience create barriers to veterans becoming or remaining employed. Thus a veteran's initial unemployment upon return often becomes chronic.