The various initiatives aimed at helping veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan appear to be paying dividends. The April joblessness rate for the demographic dropped to 9.2 percent, more than a full point lower than where it stood in March, Military Times reports.
Though it is difficult to find hard statistics on the employment rate of recent veterans due to consistent fluctuations, there is progress being made. Over the last few months there has been a general downward trend in the unemployment rate. Still, there are some who think more needs to be done, according to the publication.
"With more than 12 percent of our most recent veterans struggling to find work and nearly a million veterans unemployed, it's clear that we need to do more to grow our economy and ensure that those who fight for America can find a job when they return home," said Andrea Saul, a spokesperson for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The Federal Government has listened to the assertions of Saul and others. Specifically, the Labor Department recently announced it made $12 million in grants available to go toward job training for veterans.
The downward trend in veteran unemployment was reflected in the overall population as well. The economy added 115,000 jobs in April, bringing the national rate to about 8.1 percent.