North Carolina’s Veteran Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.1 Percent

Raleigh, N.C.


Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina is putting more veterans to work thanks to a rebounding economy, strong job growth across the state and Governor Pat McCrory’s emphasis on connecting transitioning military personnel with businesses and state government agencies.

The unemployment rate for veterans has fallen more than 3 percent in North Carolina in just two short years. In 2013, it was 6.2 percent. That number dropped to 3.1 percent in 2015 according to a recent Labor Department report.

“I understand that veterans are highly trained, highly disciplined and know how to get the job done,” said Governor McCrory. “This is great news for our state and is a testament to our efforts to make North Carolina the most military and veteran friendly state in the nation.”

One of the programs that has significantly contributed to veteran employment is the North Carolina for Military Employment (NC4ME) initiative. This comprehensive public-private partnership takes an employer-centric approach to strengthen the flow of military talent into North Carolina businesses and state government agencies.

“Employers are recognizing the valuable skill-sets and expertise veterans have to offer,” said Neal Alexander, Director of the Office of State Human Resources. “Transitioning military personnel have the knowledge, skills, and abilities that employers are looking for… including state government!”

Since Governor McCrory took office in 2013, the state has added more than 260,000 private sector jobs and is currently ranked 6th in the nation in job creation.