4/21 Talking Veterans' Preference on the Hill
While the employment situation for many veterans continues to improve, the department understands that there is still more we can do to help veterans find meaningful civilian employment. On April 21, Mike Michaud, the assistant secretary of labor who heads the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, testified in front of his former colleagues at the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. Michaud discussed the department’s performance with a responsibility to veterans’ preference in federal government hiring, highlighting the increase in its veteran workforce from 20.6 percent to 21.4 percent during the past fiscal year. “Veterans are some of our strongest and most capable employees in the public workforce, and we are committed to making sure that they have a place at the Department of Labor and that their preference rights are not violated,” Michaud said.
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4/15 VETS April 2016 Newsletter
All of us at the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service take great pride in the positive overall employment trends for veterans. But, we know that as long as one veteran hasn’t found a meaningful civilian career, we still have work to do. That is why we continue to refine our services and resources for veterans, transitioning service members, and their families. That is also why we are dedicated to fostering strong relationships with our government and private sector partners to help build better networks of services for our veterans.
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4/14 Veterans' Employment Discussion on the Hill
The department is constantly working with Congress to ensure that veterans have the resources they need to successfully compete in the civilian workforce. On April 13, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations and Management Sam Shellenberger testified before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Shellenberger appeared before its Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity regarding a collection of pending legislation and proposals impacting veterans’ employment. “The improving employment situation for veterans is a resounding testament to the impact of our federal programs and the nationwide response from public and private stakeholders acting nationally and within local communities,” Shellenberger said.
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4/8 On the Road to Promote Our Veterans
Spreading the message of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service is important to fulfilling its mission to help American veterans find meaningful civilian employment. With that in mind, Assistant Secretary of Labor for VETS Mike Michaud traveled to Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky recently to visit three American Job Centers and Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program grantee St. Patrick’s Center. Michaud also made a joint appearance with acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy at the Mid-America Trucking Show and delivered remarks at a meeting of the Veterans Affairs Committee of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. “I see the state workforce agencies as a key partner in the VETS mission,” Michaud said at the conference. “I’m encouraged by what we have been able to accomplish together and what we can do in the future on behalf of our service members, veterans and their families.”
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4/1: NVTI News Flash: VETS Monthly Employment Overview – March 2016
Attached, please find the Veterans' Employment & Training Service's (VETS) 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 March, 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.
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.
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We hope you find this information helpful.
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3/23 Another Year of Progress for Veterans
The department’s commitment to serving transitioning service members, veterans and families is evident in the release of the Employment Situation of Veterans by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here are some of the highlights from the 2015 data:
1. The unemployment rate for all veterans has consistently been below the unemployment rate for non-veterans. The total veteran unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, compared to the nonveteran unemployment rate (for individuals 18 years and older) of 5.2 percent.
2. The unemployment rate for veterans age 24 and younger was 6.0 percent, compared to the 9.7 percent unemployment rate for non-veterans of the same age.
3. The national unemployment rate for male veterans declined to 4.5 percent in 2015. The national unemployment rate for women veterans has been statistically equivalent to that of non-veteran women for the last three years.
4. The labor force participation rate for Gulf War II veterans is just above 80 percent, compared to a non-veteran labor force participation rate of 65.4 percent
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3/23 VETS March 2016 Newsletter
The month of March is an exciting time for us at the Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS). March is a time for honoring and commemorating Women’s History Month and VETS is pleased to highlight the service of women veterans, as part of the national theme “Women of Service.” We began our celebration with a special social media campaign to honor and highlight women who served and it continues until the end of the month.
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