12% of Recent Vets Unemployed

By Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans of the Afghan and Iraq Wars are more likely to be unemployed than non-veterans, while the foreign-born and disabled are more likely to be jobless than the general population.

These figures were included for the first time Friday in the Labor Department's monthly employment report. Overall, the report included mildly positive news: the nation's jobless rate fell to 9.7% in January from 10%.

For veterans who have served since September 2001, joblessness is higher: 12.6%, compared to 10.4% for non-vets. Both groups have higher rates than the national total because the figures aren't seasonally adjusted.

When veterans from all other periods are included, the picture is brighter: the unemployment rate for all vets is 9.6%, below the non-vet rate.

Meanwhile, 15.2% of disabled Americans are unemployed, the department said, compared to 10.4% of the general population.

The unemployment rate for foreign-born U.S. residents, meanwhile, is 11.8%. That compares to 10.3% for native-borne citizens.

Here, by the numbers, are some more details you can find deep in the employment report.


20,000: The net total of jobs lost in January

150,000: The net total of jobs lost in December

64,000: The net total of jobs gained in November, the only gain in 25 months

753,000: Average number of jobs lost each month in the first quarter of 2009

35,000: Average number lost each month in the past three months

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