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  • 7/8 NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview June 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 June, the veteran unemployment rate is 4.2%, once again maintaining 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.  Additionally, the unemployment rate for veterans 18-24 years of age decreased from last month’s result of 6.3% to 5.7%; a significant decrease from June 2015 result of 13.5%.

    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 Nancy Michelle Chevalier.  

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

  • 7/7 Working for a Second Chance
    After being released from jail in 2013, Omar started looking for a chance to change his future. Then at the halfway house where he was staying, he learned about Project Place in Boston, Massachusetts − a program that helps clients find employment, shelter, and hope for the future.

    The U.S. Department of Labor provides Jobs for Veterans State Grants through the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program for community-based organizations like Project Place to help veterans who may be at risk of becoming homeless and want to find meaningful work.

    Read more at DoL Blog.

  • 6/16 Focusing on Veterans' Employment 
    The unemployment rate for veterans has fallen from 9.9 percent in January 2011 to 3.4 percent in May 2016, but as long as any single veteran is seeking meaningful civilian employment, there is still work to be done. On June 15, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training Mike Michaud testified before the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity to discuss programs and strategies for veterans seeking jobs. Michaud highlighted the importance of the department’s Jobs for Veterans State Grants program, which provides funding for Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program specialists and Local Veterans’ Employment Representative staff, and VETERANS.GOV, a new website to help veterans and the employers who want to hire them.

    Via DoL in Action.

  • 6/9 One Stop to Help Job-Seeking Veterans 
    At nearly 2,500 American Job Centers nationwide people receive help with job searches, find training, and answers to employment related questions. Last year, nearly one million veterans used this AJC network to match their skills to civilian careers, search for opportunities in their local area, and access other benefits available to them. On June 7, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training Mike Michaud visited the Arlington Employment Center, an American Job Center in Arlington, Va., for a tour of the facility and roundtable discussion on veterans’ employment. Michaud joined Todd A. Weiler, assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs, for the tour and discussion.

    Via DoL in Action.

  • 6/3 NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview May 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 May, the veteran unemployment rate decreased from last month’s result of 3.9% to 3.4%, once again maintaining 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 Nancy Michelle Chevalier.  

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

  • 6/2 Lifting Burdens One Pound Cake at a Time
    After serving eight years in the Army in a logistics role, Steven returned home to Milwaukee in the 1980s but struggled to maintain steady employment, housing and the means to support his young family.

    In the 1990s, with the support of his wife and daughter, he began “Kitchen Sweets,” a part-time business baking and selling pound cakes. “I baked as a hobby using my grandmother’s recipe and my motto is ‘When grandma hasn’t got time,’” Steven said.

    Read more at DoL Blog.

  • 6/2 Ending Veteran Homelessness: A Team Effort
    Partners from all over the federal government, advocacy groups and the private sector work to combat veterans’ homelessness. At this year’s opening plenary session of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, I had the opportunity to speak with a remarkable group of people who support our nation’s veterans and help folks like Cliff get back on the right track.

    The challenges that face veterans don’t exist in a vacuum, so neither can the solutions. Health, housing, education, transportation and job opportunities are all links in the chain, and we must fortify every link by working together.

    Read more at DoL Blog.

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