Veterans fill ranks of Minnesota's unemployed

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 25, 2012 - 11:40 PM

Officials see the struggles but can't explain why the state has one of the highest jobless rates in the country for vets since 2001.

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mrteethSep. 20, 1110:51 PM

Oh how ironic this is. We, as a nation, are flat broke. One of the reasons why we're flat broke, is rather than producing and savings, we are bailing out banks, building nations overseas, and starting wars. So in the end, who does it hurt? It hurts us all and that including the same men and women that have fought in these wars. Time to close the borders, close down military bases overseas, send home all of our troops and invest in the good ol' USA.

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harps54Sep. 20, 1111:08 PM

We are fooled by having an unemployment rate which is lower than the national rate. The fact is that there has not been any job growth in MN since 2002. The total number employed today is about the same as in 2002. There are no jobs available for the unemployed unless someone else loses their job, moves or retires.

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harps54Sep. 20, 1111:09 PM

We are fooled by having an unemployment rate which is lower than the national rate. The fact is that there has not been any job growth in MN since 2002. The total number employed today is about the same as in 2002. There are no jobs available for the unemployed unless someone else loses their job, moves or retires.

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mrhandsSep. 20, 1111:10 PM

Why? Because every open job in MN is eventually filled by an internal candidate and their previous job is not filled. Take it from me.

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tboehlkeSep. 20, 1111:20 PM

MN is not a military state such as most of the coastal states, along with Colorado and states where there is a large military presense. MN companies do not recognize the value of hiring veterans and hiring personnel are ignorant towards their capabilities. Granted there are always a few exceptions however overall this is the way it is.

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19jack48Sep. 21, 1112:00 AM

if you hire a vet; after he or she risked life for a few years; then they won't likely go back to war and protect your dumb butt and profits for another tour. who will replace them?. it seems ?. nevermind, we have an economic problem?. the wars must be fought by the poor and needy; it is in the 'conflagration'; or the constitution; or some word that sounds like continue on a losing path. too much of not enough. contemplation? just another useless word. good luck; and VOTE. and then; good luck some more.

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aviendhaSep. 21, 1112:18 AM

Mrhands, you definitely have a point. Too many companies reduce their headcount either through layoffs or attrition, and then save overhead by not backfilling those positions. In the end each worker ends up doing the work of 2-3 people (or more) and the company reaps the rewards, while at the same time using the economy as an excuse to deny raises, cut benefits and reduce headcount.

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Lifeguard06Sep. 21, 1112:30 AM

how about one of the biggest employers of Military Personnel moved to Atlanta

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msmollieSep. 21, 1112:30 AM

This isnt something new. I am a 43 year old female veteran of the first Gulf War (90-91). Like one of the veterans featured in the article, I was a combat, field trained (FMF) hospital corpsman in the Navy. When I got off active duty in late 1991, I encounted the exact problems he described. I did it all in the Navy, but it didnt match in the civillan world. This has gone on for decades. I am currently unemployed and searching for a job. Although I hold a Masters degree, and have a 10 point veterans preference for a service connected diability, I have yet to find something in over a year of searching. Veterans are really no different than no-veterans in hiring issues. It isnt bad, it isnt good, it just is. As a service connected war veteran, I never consider myself more "deserving" than non-veterans. That way of thinking is the downfall of many veterans. The other veteran in the article states he has had job offers, but prefers to stay in MN, and work in what he wants to do. My advice to him is to be prepared to wait a long time for a job with those sort of standards.

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cbeck70Sep. 21, 11 1:17 AM

The biggest issue I have run into and it is the same as Vets is that companies currently are looking for someone with exact experience for the job openings and do not look at relative experience that can be obtained outside of the industry. Nevermind the fact that they are willing to work harder and be more dedicated to their employer.

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