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Giving Veterans Hiring Preference

Giving Veterans Hiring Preference

By Jennifer Schultz | Vol . 21, No. 46 / December 2013

NCSL NewsVeterans offer a unique set of skills, experiences and leadership abilities developed and honed during their years of military service, yet unemployment rates for veterans remain high. The jobless rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan increased to 10 percent in October 2013, significantly higher than the national average of 7.3 percent. Today, more than 750,000 veterans are looking for work.

The road to employment can be difficult for veterans returning to civilian life due to difficulties with identifying transferable skills, self-marketing and cultural barriers, among others. According to a 2012 survey of veterans from all eras, 64 percent of respondents said they had a difficult transition from military service to civilian life, attributed largely to employment challenges.

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