Utah’s veterans unemployment rate remains low

Latest report from Bureau of Labor Statistics show Utah’s jobless rate for veterans at 2.9 percent

According to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Utah’s 2017 veteran unemployment rate was 2.9 percent, ranking Utah as one of only 12 states to be below 3.0 percent.

“Focusing on veterans has always been a top priority for our department,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director of the Department of Workforce Services. “We proudly serve those who have served in the military with several key programs to help them transition into their next job and find a fulfilling career.”

“Our men and women who return home from service are some of the best and brightest in the country. They bring so much to the table with skills, commitment and honor,” said Gary Harter, executive director of the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs. “Match that with employers who participate in our Utah Patriot Partnership program who understand the value of employing veterans and it is no surprise that we continue to have a low veterans unemployment rate.”

Veterans labor force statistics are generated from BLS's monthly Current Population Survey, which reports that the national veteran unemployment rate is 3.7 percent.

Utah's Workforce Services works closely with the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs to ensure supportive services are available to all veterans in Utah. These services include specialized workshops, programs that help connect military training skills to private sector occupations and proactive efforts to reach veterans who are currently receiving unemployment insurance.

“Utah’s economy is one of the strongest in the country,” said Carrie Mayne, chief economist for the Department of Workforce Services. “People who have skills are definitely capitalizing on our strong economic situation. This is true with our veterans, as well.”

For the complete set of BLS data, visit https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/vet.pdf.

To learn more about veteran employment services, visit jobs.utah.gov/jobseeker/veteran.html. For additional information about benefits and other services for veterans, visit veterans.utah.gov.