Delaware veteran unemployment rate below national average

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Delaware is a good place for veterans seeking work.

The unemployment rate for veterans is Delaware is 3 percent, the Delaware Department of Labor reported last week.

By contrast, the jobless rate for non-veterans is around 3.5 percent.

Newer veterans have an even lower jobless rate.

There are 9,700 Gulf War I era veterans have a three percent jobless rate.

Gulf War II-era veterans serving since September 2001 have a 2.2 percent jobless rate. There are 12,900 Gulf War II veterans living in Delaware and 10,600 are employed.

The national unemployment rate for all veterans is 3.4 percent, slightly below the rate for nonveterans of 3.8 percent.

Gulf War II-era veterans in the US have an average unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, substantially above the Delaware rate of 2.2 percent.

Large Delaware employers, such as Comcast and JPMorgan Chase, have stepped up efforts to hire veterans in recent years.

The bulk of veterans in the state, including much of the large contingent of Vietnam War vets,are now retired and are no longer in the workforce.

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