|Young veterans have an easier time getting a civilian|
job than older ones.
Gulf War-era II veterans are defined as those who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001.
For all veterans, the unemployment rate also fell.
Differences by Gender, Age, State
The unemployment rate for all male veterans in 2015 fell to 4.5 percent, lower than the rate for female veterans of 5.4 percent, which changed little from 2014. This is in Table A of the report.
Younger veterans have an easier time getting a civilian job than older ones. Of 495,000 unemployed veterans in 2015,
- 57 percent were age 45 and over,
- 37 percent were age 25-44, and
- 5 percent were age 18-24. (See Table 2A.)
Veterans with Disabilities
One-third of Gulf War-era II veterans reported having a service-connected disability in August 2015, compared with 20 percent of all veterans. Veterans with a service-connected disability had an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent in August 2015, not statistically different from veterans with no disability. (See Table 7.) More than 1 in 3 employed veterans with a service-connected disability worked in the public sector in August 2015, more than the 1 in 5 veterans with no disability. (See Table 8.)