Back home, veterans fight to find work
Unemployment at 30 percent for the younger ones
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.