Challenges On the Home Front: Underemployment Hits Veterans Hard

Challenges On the Home Front: Underemployment Hits Veterans Hard

Military veterans, who account for 8.3 percent of the U.S. adult population, are struggling to find meaningful employment after service, a report from the Call of Duty Endowment and ZipRecruiter finds. Based on data and surveys of ZipRecruiter platform users, the report, Challenges On the Home Front: Underemployment Hits Veterans Hard (21 pages, PDF), found that nearly a third of veterans report being underemployed, even though veterans overall are more likely than non-veterans to be employed. Indeed, the unemployment rate of veterans over the age of 35 is below the national average, while the unemployment rate of veterans under the age of 65 is below that of non-veterans. The report also found that while veterans were slightly more likely to leave their first post-service jobs within two years, they subsequently tend to stay in jobs longer than non-veterans and are more likely to eventually end up in executive management roles than non-veterans (33 percent vs. 24 percent). The survey also found that 59.1 percent of employers said veterans perform "better than" or "much better than" their non-veteran peers; that 55 percent see veterans as a positive asset for their companies; and that "experience" and "perseverance and/or work ethic" top the list of desirable qualities employers see in veterans.