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Back home, veterans fight to find work

Unemployment at 30 percent for the younger ones

Marine Corporal Clayton Rhoden, a veteran who is struggling to find employment, played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, in Columbus, Ohio. Rhoden sells his blood plasma for $80 a week. Marine Corporal Clayton Rhoden, a veteran who is struggling to find employment, played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, in Columbus, Ohio. Rhoden sells his blood plasma for $80 a week. (andrew spear/new york times)
By Shaila Dewan
New York Times / December 18, 2011
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Veterans’ joblessness is concentrated among the young and those still serving in the National Guard or Reserve. The unemployment rate for veterans ages 20 to 24 has averaged 30 percent this year, more than double that of others the same age, though the rate for older veterans closely matches that of civilians. Reservists like Rhoden have a bleak outlook as well. In July 2010, their unemployment rate was 21 percent, compared with 12 percent for other vets.

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