Low Unemployment Rate For Veterans
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
February 20, 2014 4:06 PM
There are 75,000 veterans living in South Dakota and many of them spend time looking for work after their service. According to those with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, the state is in good shape when it comes to veterans and unemployment rates.
“You learn how to show up, be there on time, have the right equipment and work in teams,” said Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tommy Sowers.
These are all characteristics Dr. Tommy Sowers with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs say veterans have. That's why he says majority of veterans in South Dakota are employed.
"It's a broad myth that veteran unemployment is higher than the national average. It's not. It's lower,” said Sowers.
Sowers flew in from Washington D.C. to talk with South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation about South Dakota's rates. The Department says currently South Dakota's unemployment rate is 3.4 percent overall, and the unemployment rate for veterans is even lower, at 3.0 percent.
"It was great to hear that in South Dakota, the veterans unemployment rate is underneath the South Dakota average, and it's well below the national averages,” said Sowers.
That's because the national average last year for veteran unemployment rates was at 7.6 percent. Now, it's at 5.6 percent. So Sowers is applauding South Dakota employers for giving servicemen and women jobs they need and deserve.
"It’s those thousands of employers that I want to do what's right for my company and they're hiring veterans,” said Sowers.
But Sowers says even though the rates are low in the state, there still is more work to do.
"We did a poll that 59 percent of veterans know little to nothing about their benefits," said Sowers.
It’s benefits that include health care, education, and and other resources. Resources that may also help them find jobs.
If you have served in the Armed Forces and you are interested in knowing what Benefits are offered for you, click here: http://www.va.gov/explore/