Nothing seems fair about these times in which war veterans are struggling to re-enter the civilian economy. But one cruel statistic leaps out: For returning women, the jobless rate spiked this summer to around 15 percent.
On average, male veterans in the post-9/11 era are more likely than their female counterparts to find work, to collect higher salaries when they’re hired and, according to some national estimates, to avoid homelessness.
The trends trouble experts and veterans’ advocates. Data going back to the 1940s had placed our nearly 2 million women veterans among the most gainfully employed sectors of the U.S. population. At the start of the 21st century, only 2 percent of those wishing to work were unemployed.
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