Women veterans having more trouble than men finding jobs
Tyler, Texas — According to new numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that came out on October 5, the veteran unemployment rate has dropped but, only for men.
Joblessness from women returning home from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan continues to climb. But male veterans are getting jobs a lot faster?
According to the report, nearly one out of every five women who served in the military at home or abroad during the two most recent wars is without a job.
The new statistics show that the unemployment rate for post 9/11 female vets has surged to 19.9%, compared to last year, 14.7%.
According to the new numbers more women served our country in the last two wars than in any other war our nation as seen.
But a lot of those women are single moms, and are now struggling without a steady income.
We talked to an female Army vet, Amanda Bayatpoor, she says after serving our country and achieving high ranks in the Army, she came back to work as a civilian—at a job in the mall, " I worked at Gymboree in the mall, as a sales clerk."
She said she had a very hard time getting a job, as do many women veterans. She says it may be because a lot of females returning from war are single mothers who depend on daycare and have to find a job that works around raising a child, which can be hard to do, she says.
Another reason Bayatpoor says, is male veterans are more willing to do hard labor jobs than women, "The railroad here (In East Texas) hires a lot of military veterans, but I don't think women veterans want to work for the railroad."
We also spoke to Daniel Bricknell, Veteran Employment representative at the Texas Workforce Commission, and he says that they have plenty of services to help women veterans, and all veterans in general, " Come to the workforce center and ask for a veteran associate and we would be happy to help find employment (for veterans) or help with resumes or anything we can do."
For more information on the Texas Workforce Commission or any of their Veteran Services please go to their website: http://http://www.twc.state.tx.us/svcs/vetsvcs/veterans-services-program-overview.html
UT Tyler also has a veterans services center on campus that can help find veterans work, or other services: http://uttyler.edu/veteranaffairs