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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

March 22, 2016
CONTACT: Laurel Patrick, (608) 267-7303

Governor Scott Walker Announced Wisconsin's Annual Average Veteran Unemployment Rate Declines to 3.6% in 2015

Madison – Today, Governor Scott Walker announced Wisconsin’s 2015 unemployment rate for military veterans declined to 3.6 percent and tied for 14th lowest in the country, according to data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The annual average unemployment rate for all veterans 18 years of age and older was a full percentage point below the national rate of 4.6 percent, according to the BLS report.

"In two years, Wisconsin's annual average unemployment rate for veterans has fallen by more than half,” Governor Walker said. “Since taking office, we have committed to helping those who have bravely served our country apply their tremendous skills and abilities toward family-supporting jobs when they return home. We encourage all Wisconsin employers who are seeking highly skilled, motivated team players and leaders to consider hiring veterans."

The state's veteran unemployment rate for veterans 18 years of age and older declined every year since 2011:

Year WI Veterans WI Non-Veterans
2015 3.6 4.4
2014 4.1 5.4
2013 7.6 6.5
2012 8.4 6.8
2011 8.9 7.5

The source of the annual average veteran unemployment rate is the Current Population Survey and is based on surveys of 60,000 households. The annual average population of total veterans in Wisconsin was approximately 404,000 and its veteran labor force was about 214,000, according to the BLS report.

BLS' Employment Situation of Veterans – 2015