'Why?': Locals Shocked Over Veterans' Unemployment Rate

By: Bailey Myers Email
By: Bailey Myers Email

By: Bailey Myers
November 11, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Jon Pickett served as an engineer in the Army for three years. One of which he spent overseas during Desert Storm. When it was time to hang up the uniform, Pickett began looking for jobs.

"I've actually heard people say we don't hire veterans... I've actually heard those words," Pickett explained.

Pickett isn't alone. According to the latest statistics from the Federal Reserve of Economic Data the unemployment rate for veterans is 6.9%. And although it's lower than the Nation's overall unemployment rate of 7.3%, some say the number is just too high.

One Tallahassee resident Steve Thomson, "These guys have given more than anybody else I think for this country so there should be amazing efforts gone into helping them. That's how I see it."

The VOW to hire Heroes Act, which offers tax breaks to businesses that hire veterans will close by the end of 2013. Which means businesses will not receive this extra incentive for hiring veterans.

"You'll work for awhile and some things just run out," said Pickett.

Unemployed for nine months, Pickett has just recently found himself a new job, and says he doesn't understand why veterans struggle so much.

"We are truly held to a standard that is above what is the main stream for most of civilian jobs," explained Pickett.

More data released reveals younger vets serving after 9/11 face a higher unemployment rate than the national average. Around ten percent are still unemployed.


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