Vets fare better on front lines of job search

Despite a perception that veterans are having a particularly hard time finding jobs, the unemployment rate for veterans in Michigan is lower than for the overall work force.

Unemployment rates for veterans and for all Michigan workers:

Year Veterans Overall
2005 7.0%                  6.8%
2006 6.0%                  6.9%
2007 4.9%                   7.1%
2008 8.0%                   8.3%
2009 15.0%                  13.4%
2010  15.9%                12.7%
2011 11.2%                 10.4%
2012 >7.9%                  9.1%

Source: Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.

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