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Why is unemployment among vets so high?

Posted at 9:00 AM on November 11, 2011 by Jon Gordon
Filed under: Jobs and unemployment

The current unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is 13.3 percent, well above the national average.

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Midmorning looks at why the rate is so high, and what veterans can do to market their skills to civilian employers. Kerri Miller talks to Leo Shane III, a reporter for Stars and Stripes.

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Also on the show is Emily King, founder of Military Transitions, a group that works with companies that want to hire and retain veterans.

She is the author of "Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing and Retaining Veterans."

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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.