Too Many Military Veterans Are Unemployed.
At least one in five young Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans was unemployed in 2010, according to the US Labor Department.

According to the data, the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans stood at 21% percent last year. The veterans' inability to find work has been partially attributed to possible mental health issues and/or lack of job skills. 

Even among all former U.S. military service members, 9/11 veterans have the highest rates of unemployment, according to the latest report from the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. The numbers are more appalling when measured against the total U.S. workforce. The unemployment rate for 9/11 veterans stood at 10.9 percent at the end of April (the latest date for which data were available) vs. 8.5 percent for the non-veterans, according to the report. (Seasonally adjusted figures put the total U.S. unemployment rate at 9 percent for April.)

May 2011 was even more dismal for 9/11 veterans when their unemployment rate jumped to more than 12 percent vs. a national average of 9.1 percent. The unemployment rate for 9/11 veteran generally trends more than three percentage points higher than the national average, and spikes to nearly 20 percent for male veterans ages 18 to 24.
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