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MI Veteran Unemployment Rate Nearly Double U.S. Rate


Veterans Day is a great way to remember those who have given back to their country, but one big struggle for those that come back can be finding a civilian job.

Over the past few years, the unemployment rate for veterans has grown making it higher than the national average--that average is just below 8 percent. In Michigan alone, there are some 700,000 veterans and thousands more are expected be coming home soon, but those out of work come in at 15.5 percent.

Many of those veterans find the transition from military life to civilian life difficult. Terri Ogg, the manager at the employment agency "Man Power," says female veterans come back and may not look for full time opportunities since they were away from their families for so long.

She says while veterans do come home with lots of useful skills, sometimes they don't know how to translate those skills. "Those folks have a proven track record of getting up everyday, and going to work, and being someplace on time."

"Workplaces have shifted from the militaristic chain of command type management style, so that casual atmosphere, is tough for veterans to transition sometimes. And they get very frustrated," siad Ogg.

For more information on how you can help, or if you're a veteran in need of help, just go to the Seen on 6 portion of our website.

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