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Previous Buzz Items: 2016

    March

  • 3/22 The Unemployment Rate for Veterans is the Lowest in Seven Years
    The unemployment rate for American veterans fell to the lowest level in seven years in 2015, a reflection of an improving jobs market alongside programs to put servicemen and women to work.

    The unemployment rate for all veterans was 4.6% last year, the Labor Department said Tuesday, matching the rate in 2008. By comparison, the figure was 5.2% for nonveterans ages 20 and over.

    Read More: Wall Street Journal.

  • 3/18 Valuing Women Veterans
    The department is committed to expanding opportunities for all veterans, including women who have served our country. To commemorate Women’s History Month, Terry Gerton, deputy assistant secretary of labor for veterans’ employment and training, joined a panel discussion sponsored by the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation. The organization’s 8th annual summit was held on March 15 at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. During the discussion, Gerton noted the positive statistics surrounding the employment of women veterans, highlighted department programs and resources, and offered tips on where to find local in-person resources to help with career networking, interviewing and resume-writing.  “Helping women veterans be more successful in the workplace requires helping all women be successful in the workplace,” Gerton said. “That means implementing programs like equal pay, minimum wage increases, family leave and affordable child care.”

    Via DoL in Action.

  • 3/15 Vet 'Lives Out Dream' of Serving Others in New Career
    It might sound strange, but Edwin Sostre will tell you that losing his job led him to his professional passion and purpose. In January 2008, the former Air Force sergeant and newly single father of two boys moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after accepting a position as a technician for Comcast Cable. Four years later, a reduction in force at the company left him unemployed and feeling hopeless.

    After nine years of military service that included tours in Grenada, Panama and Operation Desert Storm, Edwin found himself in unfamiliar territory – unable to pay rent and in danger of losing their home. Having sole responsibility for his children added more stress to the situation.

    Read More: DOL Blog.

  • 3/11 Giving Veterans a Lift
    During a visit to Columbia, S.C., on March 8, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training Mike Michaud toured Fast Forward, a non profit corporation that helps homeless veterans obtain useful technology and business skills to re-enter the workforce. Fast Forward is a grantee of the department’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program, which provides services to assist homeless veterans seeking employment. Michaud toured the facility with Columbia Mayor Stephen Benjamin and Police Chief Skip Holbrook. After meeting with local veterans and discussing issues surrounding veterans’ employment, bicycles donated by the Columbia Police Department – for transportation to and from work – were presented to two newly hired veterans.

    Via DoL in Action.

  • 3/4 Partnerships Pay Off in Effort to End Veteran Homelessness
    On any given night, an estimated 50,000 Veterans are living on the streets.   Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless can call or visit their local VA Medical Center or Community Resource and Referral Center where VA staff and community partners are ready to help.

    Randy got help when a coordinator from the homeless outreach program came to where he was staying and asked if there were any Veterans.

    “I raised my hand, and that changed my whole life. They starting looking for us, for a place to live,” he recalled.  “They just did a whole bunch of stuff that I couldn’t have done.”

    Read More: VAntage Point (VA Blog).

  • 3/4: NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview – February 2016
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) has released its monthly Veteran Employment Update, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    Good News for Veterans!
    In February, the veteran unemployment rate maintained a lower level than the overall unemployment rate.  This continues a 24-month trend with a single exception, when veteran unemployment was 0.1% higher than overall unemployment in December 2015.

    Special Note Regarding State Data (Table 3)
    Each month, we report the Local Area Unemployment Statistics data by state.  For this release, we would typically release the January 2016 data.  However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has announced a delay in the release of January data until March 14, 2016.  For today’s overview, we are re-releasing the December state data.  Next month, we anticipate releasing the February state data.  More information on this data set can be found here.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size
    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson

    We hope you find this information helpful.
    Read the full report.

  • 3/4 Jumping at the Chance to Help Our Veterans
    Recently, in partnership with the U.S. Army Parachute Team, also known as the Golden Knights, and the Soldier For Life program, I jumped out of an airplane as a demonstration of my commitment to assisting transitioning service members and their families prepare for and find meaningful civilian employment following military service. I trusted the Army training of the Golden Knights to get us safely to the landing zone, just as I hope they’ll trust the Department of Labor when it comes time for them to transition out of the military into civilian employment.

    The entire team at VETS is equally committed to serving our veterans, transitioning service members and their families, especially when they need to focus on the next phase of their career within the civilian sector.

    Read More: Department of Labor Blog.

    February

  • 2/26 Check Out NVTI's Homeless Veteran Webinars
    NVTI has created a series of seven webinars that focus on helping veterans to overcome homelessness and find sustainable employment. Topics range from engaging with employers to assisting veterans who are ex offenders. Don't miss out on this free, valuable resource that will help you to assist the unemployed veteran population in your agency.

    NVTI Homeless Veteran Webinars

  • 2/22 Department Announces the Availability of $13M in Grants to Help Thousands of Veterans Overcome Homelessness, Secure Employment
    The U.S. Department of Labor announces the availability of Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program funding of $13 million to provide an estimated 6,000 veterans with job-driven training for in-demand jobs to help them successfully transition from homelessness to sustainable housing and good civilian jobs. Homeless veterans may receive occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services.

    Read More: Department of Labor News Brief.

  • 2/19 Connecting Veterans with Good Jobs
    The American Job Center network is a valuable resource for job-seeking veterans looking to gain access to key federal programs and local resources. To highlight these important centers and engage with local veterans, elected officials, service providers and business leaders, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training Mike Michaud recently traveled to Nevada and California. On Feb. 16, Michaud joined Rep. Dina Titus for a tour and roundtable discussion at Nevada JobConnect, an American Job Center in Las Vegas. The following day, he visited the Riverside Workforce Development Center, an American Job Center in Riverside, Calif., for another tour and roundtable discussion with Rep. Mark Takano.

    Via DoL in Action.

  • 2/12 Help for Transitioning Service Members
    American Job Centers are vital to helping veterans find meaningful civilian employment. On Feb. 8, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training Mike Michaud joined New York Rep. Kathleen Rice for a tour of HempsteadWorks, an American Job Center in Hempstead, N.Y. “American Job Centers like HempsteadWorks are a vital resource when it comes to finding meaningful employment for our veterans and their families,” Michaud told government officials and veterans’ advocates during a roundtable discussion. “The employment picture for a vast majority of our veterans is extremely positive, but there’s always more work to do.”

    Via DoL in Action.

  • 2/5: NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview – January 2016
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) has released their monthly Veteran Employment Update, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    Good News for Veterans!
    In January, the veteran unemployment rate returned to a lower level than the overall unemployment rate.  This continues a 24-month trend with a single exception, when veteran unemployment was 0.1% higher than overall unemployment in December 2015.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size
    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson

    We hope you find this information helpful.
    Read the full report.

    January

  • 1/22: TAP Gives Veterans a Lift
    Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training Mike Michaud visited Marine Corps Headquarters Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 15 for the department’s Employment Workshop portion of a Transition Assistance Program class. Made up of service members from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy and Air Force, the class provided useful information about using veterans preference to apply for jobs, writing resumes, interviewing and developing a professional image. Michaud reminded participants of the resources available at Veterans.gov and emphasized the role of the American Job Center for employment assistance.

    Via DoL in Action.

  • 1/19: Highlights from the VETS January newsletter
    As we begin 2016, I am pleased to report that the employment situation for veterans continues to improve. The annual veteran unemployment rate, reported this month for 2015, remained lower than the rate for non-veterans for the fifth consecutive year!

    2015 saw significant improvement in the employment picture for particular groups of veterans, including Post 9/11 veterans who ended the year with an unemployment rate of 5.7%, and female veterans who ended the year with an unemployment rate of 2.9%. We recognize the significance of our ongoing commitment to serving transitioning military members, veterans and their families, and the difference it makes.

    Read the full newsletter: VETS January Newsletter.

  • 1/14: New VETSí Chief Tours Job Center, Homeless Shelter
    Mike Michaud, who took office in December as assistant secretary of labor to head the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, recently hit the road and headed to Florida’s eastern coast. Along with Rep. Corrine Brown, Michaud visited Gateway CareerSource, an American Job Center facility in Jacksonville. After participating in a roundtable discussion with federal, state and local veterans employment stakeholders, he moved on to the Sulzbacher Center, an emergency shelter for homeless individuals and families, including veterans. Michaud’s last stop featured a tour of Jacksonville’s Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program and Florida Department of Military Affairs as well as a meeting with Mayor Lenny Curry. Jacksonville is a past award recipient of the department’s HVRP funding, and has worked with VETS since 2007.

    Via DoL in Action.

  • 1/14: When the Wounded Warrior Comes Home
    How is the disabled veterans issue shaping laws and policymaking? That was one of the key questions explored by legal scholars, teachers and administrators who gathered recently for the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in New York City. Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, was among the event’s presenters. She spoke about several relevant department policy initiatives, including the 2014 updates to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act. “One of the most — if not the most — important ways we as a nation can express appreciation for our veterans is to make sure they can put their hard-earned skills and real-world experience to work once they enter civilian life,” said Sheehy.

    Via DoL in Action.

  • 1/8: NVTI News Flash:VETS Monthly Employment Overview – December 2015
    The Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS) has released the monthly Veteran Employment Update, which is a review of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly Economic News Release.  The update includes unemployment information by veteran status, gender, and post-9/11 Era service, as well as state-by-state data and growth of industry sectors nationwide.  Also included are graphs showing unemployment trends over the last 24 months.

    A Cautionary Note on Sample Size
    As we state in the document, some of these figures do not meet the Bureau of Labor Statistics' standards for publishing.  This is due to the relatively small sample size of subpopulations of veterans, most notably female veterans and veterans ages 18-24.  As a result of the small sample size, there is volatility in the monthly numbers.  As opposed to generalizing monthly results to the overall population, BLS recommends reviewing employment trends over several months to gain a better understanding of the employment situation for veterans.

    If you have any questions, you may contact Dennis Johnson

    We hope you find this information helpful.
    Read the full report.

 
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