HUD Reports Homelessness Continues to Decline Nationally
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today announced HUD’s latest national one-night estimate of homelessness, highlighting a continuing decline across the nation. The results are based on HUD’s Point-in-Time (PIT) estimates, which seek to measure the scope of homelessness on a single night in January each year.
HUD’s 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress found that there has been an overall 11% decrease and 26% drop in the unsheltered homeless population since 2010, when President Obama launched Opening Doors, the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Between 2010 and January 2015, veteran homelessness declined 36%, family homelessness declined 19%, and chronic homelessness among individuals declined 22%. The report shows that certain communities are making significant positive progress, while others are struggling in light of the widespread housing affordability crisis, budget shortages, or slow adoption of best practices.
Disability employment a national priority
The workforce achievements of people with disabilities were on full display in Baltimore at Maryland Works’ 8th Annual Employment Awards Luncheon. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy delivered the keynote address on Nov. 12, exploring recent federal efforts to promote integrated employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities, including Employment First and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. “A strong national economy requires strong local economies, and an inclusive national workforce requires inclusive local workforces, in which every person who wants to work, does work,” Sheehy told the more than 300 attendees. “That’s why advancing disability employment must be a national priority.” Maryland Works is a statewide membership association that strives to expand employment and business ownership opportunities for people with disabilities.
An Opportunity to #SaluteVets
On this Veterans Day, we at the Labor Department say thank you to all of our nation’s veterans and reaffirm our commitment to helping them make the most of their skills and talents in the civilian economy.
The truth is: we celebrate and salute veterans every day at DOL — because every day, our staff nationwide is helping service members, veterans, their families, and survivors in a variety of ways. We help them prepare for and find work; we help employers better accommodate veterans with disabilities; and much more. We are also stronger because of the more than 3400 veteran employees here at DOL, more than 21 percent of our total workforce. In FY15, more than 32 percent of our new hires were veterans.
Unemployment for veterans at lowest level in 7 years
The unemployment rate for veterans has dropped to its lowest level in seven years, thanks to an all-hands-on-deck push by government and corporate America to hire veterans.
According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the jobless rate for veterans — a population of nearly 20 million— dropped to 3.9 percent in October, down from 4.3 percent a month earlier and 4.5 percent a year ago. This is its lowest level in seven years.
NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview - October 2015
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!
Veteran unemployment has remained lower than nonveteran unemployment for 23 consecutive months, and is at its lowest point since April 2008.
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.