Recent veteran jobless rate climbs

WASHINGTON – Unemployment among recent war veterans surged 3.5 percent from last month, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The rate of unemployment for veterans who served after Sept. 11, 2001, jumped to 12.7 percent in May after falling to 9.2 percent in the April report. It also climbed half a percentage point higher than May 2011.

The unemployment rate for all military veterans rose slightly to 7.5 percent from 7.1 percent in April. The overall U.S. unemployment rate ticked up to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent last month.

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