DATE: NOV 8, 2021

The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed
Forces at any time since September 2001–a group referred to as Gulf War-era II
veterans–rose to 7.3 percent in 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
today. The jobless rate for all veterans increased to 6.5 percent in 2020. These
increases reflect the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the labor
market. In August 2020, 40 percent of Gulf War-era II veterans had a service-
connected disability, compared with 26 percent of all veterans.