The combined efforts of private employers and public organizations to improve job prospects for veterans are paying dividends. That's the forecast evident from 2015 employment figures, culled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the first hiring numbers published in 2016.
In particular, employment prospects for post-9/11 veterans has improved dramatically in the last five years. As of January 2016, their unemployment rate is 5.7%, down from more than 15% in January 2011.
"[T]he positive trends for post-9/11 veterans have continued for such a long period of time — and to such a dramatic extent — that the employment gains are clear and unambiguous," writes George Altman of The Military Times.
That's great news, though the Department of Veteran Affairs reports 53% of all post-9/11 veterans have or will face a period of unemployment at some point in the transition from military to civilian life.
Resources like the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill are designed to expand opportunities for veterans -- and indeed, the VA reports veterans are taking advantage. The VA's 2015 Economic Opportunity Report says six times as many G.I. Bill recipients are enrolling in full-time academic programs now compared to part-time programs, and younger veterans (25 or younger) account for 58% of all G.I. Bill beneficiaries.
The combination of military experience and advanced education are attractive for hirers, and prospective employers use resources like the CareerCast Veterans Network jobs database to connect with such candidates.