The first month of summer may have brought an extra 200,000 jobs for Americans, but veteran employment took a slight hit.
The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans was 5.1 in June, up from 4.6 percent in May and the highest unemployment rate recorded for the group since January, according to the latest monthly employment figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Overall veteran unemployment also rose slightly over the previous month to 3.7 percent. It remains lower than the unemployment rate for nonveterans, which was 4.3 percent in June. Veteran unemployment figures have remained fairly steady in recent months, while data specific to veterans who served in the military after 9/11 have shown considerable fluctuation since the first of the year.
The volatility of the numbers are one reason experts say that any single month's employment figures don’t provide an accurate picture of veterans in the job market. The veteran unemployment rate is based on a much smaller sample size in the agency’s Current Population Survey than is the overall rate.
The national unemployment rate was 4.4 percent last month, with the largest increases in jobs coming out of the health care, social assistance, finance and mining industries.