Employment

NGAUS Washington Report (July 9, 2013) The jobless rate for veterans of the post-9/11 era continued to drop last month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent for those veterans, continuing a trend that began early this year when the rate was 11.7 percent in... Read more
I read with interest the opinion piece by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in The Washington Post last week. In The Military Needs to Reach Out to Civilians, the general remarked on the need for a better relationship between the military and the civilian population... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) The winners of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award have been announced. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department agency, honors the top employers each year with the award. ESGR had 2,899 nominations from Guard... Read more
Disasters in our homeland can occur at any time. Yet we now pretend that they will not occur between July 8 and Sept. 30 because the National Guard is being forced to furlough the military personnel who enable the military response to disasters in each of our states. Under the sequester and in... Read more
The challenges and opportunities of the National Guard's changing environment suggest the need for enhanced capacity to act as one voice - that is, to chart strategic directions and mobilize the National Guard community around those directions. The NGAUS strategic plan sets the direction for... Read more
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will decide soon on the length of the furlough affecting over 800,000 DoD civilian employees, including National Guard military technicians. After the initial announcement that DoD would furlough its civilians for 22 weeks through September 30, Hagel reduced the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 12, 2013) The NGAUS president told a congressional panel last week that employers discriminate against National Guard and Reserve members. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. told a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees that current... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 19, 2013) Sequestration and a yearlong continuing resolution would significantly hinder the National Guard’s ability to protect and defend the homeland, Gen. Frank J. Grass told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week. “Sequestration will be devastating to the... Read more
A new analysis from Lauren Bailey at the Department of Veterans Affairs breaks down the falling unemployment rates for all veterans across the nation. The unemployment rate for all Veterans was 7.0 percent—still below the national average of 7.8 percent.  For post-9/11 veterans, the rate was 10.8 ... Read more
(Jan. 7, 2013) An improving economy and a focus on hiring military veterans are credited with a significant drop in veteran unemployment in 2012. The annual average for veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was 9.9 percent last year, down from 12.1 percent in 2011, according to Bureau of... Read more

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