Veteran unemployment rate drops to 9 percent

Local association to hold veterans’ job fair in April.

New Labor Department figures show the unemployment rate for working-age veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces since September 2001 edged down slightly in 2013, to 9.0 percent. But Thursday’s report also found that the rate remained well above the overall civilian unemployment figure of 6.7 percent.

The decrease followed a decline to 9.9 percent in 2012.

The statistics cover veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces at any time since September 2001, a group referred to as Gulf War-era veterans.

Still, the number was far higher than overall unemployment levels in the United States, which averaged 7.4 percent in 2013 and finished the year with a 6.7 percent overall rate for December. The overall unemployment rate was also 6.7 percent in February 2014.

The youngest veterans, aged 18-24, had an extremely high jobless rate, 21.4 percent, the study showed.

The Miami Valley Human Resource Association will host a free one-day seminar on April 4 to help area veterans find employment. The seminar will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Clark State Community College Beavercreek campus at 3775 Pentagon Blvd., Beavercreek.

Officials said veterans who attend the seminar will learn how to assess strengths and weaknesses for job skills; create an effective communication strategy; improve interviewing skills; develop a job search marketing plan; identify veteran support organizations; and meet potential employers who want to hire veterans.

Attendees are encouraged to bring several copies of their resumes. Veterans may register online at mvhra.org, or by contacting Robin Brun at (937) 229-5358 or rbrun@udayton.edu.

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