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U.S. military veterans and nonveterans in the labor force, 2013

Bureau of Labor Statistics: “June 6 is the 70th anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy during World War II. To mark the occasion, we take a brief look at the 21.4 million men and women in 2013 who were U.S. military veterans. These veterans accounted for 9 percent of the civilian noninstitutional population age 18 and older.  Veterans are more likely to be men and older than nonveterans. In part, this reflects the characteristics of veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam era. Veterans who served during these wartime periods accounted for nearly half of the total veteran population in 2013. Among the population age 65 and older, 21 percent were military veterans in 2013. Eleven percent of 55- to 64‑year‑olds were veterans, as were 8 percent of 45- to 54‑year‑olds. People in younger age groups were less likely to be veterans. Overall, nonveterans were more likely than veterans to participate in the labor force. That is largely because veterans are more concentrated in older age groups that tend to have lower labor force participation rates. Veterans were somewhat more likely than nonveterans to participate in the labor force in 2013 among 18- to 24‑year‑olds and 35- to 44‑year‑olds. In other age groups, there was little difference between the labor force participation rates of veterans and nonveterans.”


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