Recent Trends in Veteran Unemployment as Measured in the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey

by Bogdan Savych, Jacob Alex Klerman, David S Loughran

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This technical report explores recent trends in the unemployment of recent veterans as estimated from two nationally representative surveys, the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the American Community Survey (ACS). Analyses of CPS data indicates that veteran youth unemployment increased relative to nonveteran youth unemployment between 2003 and 2005 (and that this relative increase is statistically significant) and that veteran youth unemployment decreased between 2005 and 2006. However, analysis of ACS unemployment data also draws into question whether veteran youth unemployment in fact increased relative to nonveteran youth unemployment between 2003 and 2005. While veteran youth unemployment did increase in the ACS data between 2003 and 2004, it fell between 2004 and 2005, and none of those changes in unemployment rates relative to changes in nonveteran youth unemployment rates is statistically significant.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Veteran Unemployment in the CPS

  • Chapter Three

    Unemployment Estimates from the ACS

  • Chapter Four

    Discussion

The research was sponsored by the Off ice of the Secretary of Defense and conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Department of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

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