Post-9/11 Vets Not In Labor Force More Than Doubles Under Obama

Posted by Jimmy Minnish on February 25, 2014 under Links | Be the First to Comment

By Ali Meyer

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(CNSNews.com) — The number of Americans who served in the military after September 2001 and have subsequently left the labor force entirely has more than doubled during President Barack Obama’s five years in office, increasing by 317,000—or 114 percent.

In January 2009, there were 277,000 post-9/11 vets not in the labor force. By January 2014, they had risen to 594,000.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks employment information on veterans, subdividing the data according to the time period in which a person served. BLS publishes numbers for all veterans 18 and over; World War II, Korean War and Vietnam-era veterans; Gulf War era I veterans (who served in the period from August 1990 through August 2001); and Gulf War era II veterans (who served in the period from September 2001 through the present).

Overall, according to BLS, there are now 21,323,000 civilians 18 or over who are veterans. Among this total population of veterans, the unemployment rate in January was 5.6 percent—a full percentage point below the national rate of 6.6 percent.


However, among post-9/11 veterans (or Gulf War era II veterans as the BLS calls them), the unemployment rate in January was 7.9 percent—1.3 points higher than the national rate of 6.6 percent.

Over the past five years, the number of post-9/11 veterans has increased by 1,185,000, rising from 1,800,000 in January 2009 to 2,985,000 in January 2014, according to BLS.

But, even though the labor force participation rate among this group is much higher than the overall national rate of 63.0 percent, a decreasing percentage of post-9/11 veterans have been entering the labor force. In January 2009, the labor force participation rate among post-9/11 veterans was 84.6 percent, according to BLS. By January 2014, it had dropped to 80.1 percent.

During the same January 2009 to January 2014 timeframe, the number of post-9/11 veterans not in the labor force increased from 277,000 to 594,000.