But even with November's high unemployment rate included, the average 2016 rate is on track for 5 percent, a lower level of unemployment than has ever been recorded annually for post-9/11 veterans, Military Times calculations of Bureau of Labor Statistics information indicate.
While the November unemployment picture for post-9/11 veterans might not look quite as good, there is still plenty of reason for optimism.
The unemployment rate spike from October, when the rate charted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was 4.7 percent for post-9/11 veterans, is large. But such spikes are far from rare and are often followed by similarly large drops. For example, the rate jumped from 4.7 percent this February to 6.3 percent in March and then tumbled to 4.1 percent in April.
Because the post-9/11 unemployment data is based on a very small sample size, such volatility is common. Economists advise not to pay too much attention to any one month's results but rather to look at multi-month trends.
Those trends have been toward lower post-9/11 veteran unemployment for years, with unemployment dropping lower in 2016 than it has ever been before. A single month's rate spike cannot change that.