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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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BLS Report: Wisconsin's Annual Average Veteran Unemployment Rate Posts 5th Largest Decline in the Nation in 2014

State's rate of 4.1% is tied at 12th lowest in the nation, below all neighboring states

MADISON – The 2014 unemployment rate in Wisconsin for military veterans plummeted by 3.5 percent – the fifth highest drop in the nation – to 4.1 percent and is tied for the 12th lowest rate in the country, according to data published today by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The annual average unemployment rate for all veterans 18 years of age and older was lower in Wisconsin than all neighboring states and most other Midwest states. Wisconsin's rate was also well below the national rate of 5.3 percent, according to the BLS report.

"Today's report by the federal government shows the employment and labor force of veterans grew in 2014 over 2013, and the number of unemployed veterans declined," state Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said. "We owe so much to our veterans for their sacrifices to protect our nation's freedom and independence, and we are pleased to see Wisconsin veterans are gaining employment to support themselves and their families."

The state's veteran unemployment rate declined every year since reaching 9 percent in 2010:

Year

WI Veterans

WI Nonveterans

2014

4.1

5.4

2013

7.6

6.5

2012

8.4

6.2

2011

8.9

7.5

2010

9.0

8.1

The source of the annual average veteran unemployment rate is the Current Population Survey and is based on surveys of 60,000 households. The annual average population of total veterans in Wisconsin was approximately 403,000 and its veteran labor force was about 209,000, according to the BLS report.

The BLS' Employment Situation of Veterans – 2014 is available online.

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