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FridayNovember 17, 2017

BLS Data - March 2015 and 1st Quarter 2015

Bureau of Labor StatisticsAs with the first Friday of every month, the BLS employment statistics were released today. We have also included the 1st quarter 2015 statistic report. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.5% and the Veteran unemployment rate decreased from 5.3% to 4.9%.  The quarterly Veteran unemployment rate decreased from 6.0% in the first quarter of 2014 to 5.2% in the first quarter of 2015.    

 

 

Thanks to all of you who are working directly or indirectly, to ensure our Veterans have meaningful employment.

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Update

Transition Assistance Program (TAPS)Several weeks ago, we joined our partners from DoD and Labor to update Congress on the status of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) – the program that provides training, information, and services to help Servicemembers and their families achieve their post-military goals. We have come a long way since the inception of the new/revised TAP so we thought now is a good time to send out an update – from the VA perspective.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Call to Action

Department of Veteran AffairsLast week the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, and the Joint Chiefs signed a letter that will go to all transitioning service members, urging them to continue serving the nation as civilians in their communities and in their new jobs.

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Homelessness Among Women Veterans,

Homeless Female VeteranHomelessness is a serious issue in the United States. Contrary to common perception, only 12 percent of America’s homeless people are veterans. Nonetheless, 49,933 of our service men and women are tonight without a safe place to sleep. And yes, I did say women: 8 % of homeless veterans are women.

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Hiring 500,000 Heroes Campaign Milestone

U.S. Chamber of CommerceU.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One Announce a Hiring 500,000 Heroes Campaign Milestone

More than 1,700 U.S. Businesses Commit to Hire 585,000 Veterans and Military Spouses; 369,000 Hires Confirmed

Washington D.C. – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Capital One Financial Corporation and the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign announced a major milestone in their effort to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses.

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