Jobless rate jumps for recent veterans

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) — Recent veterans took a hit in the job market in March.

The unemployment rate of veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces after September 2001 jumped to 6.3 percent from 4.7 percent a month earlier. That's the highest level since April 2015.

Workers from minority groups also lost some ground. The unemployment rate for black Americans, Hispanics and Asians each rose by 0.2 percentage point.

Meanwhile, young workers in their early 20s lowered their unemployment rate to 8.4 percent from 8.6 percent a month earlier.

Overall, U.S. employers added 215,000 jobs last month. The overall unemployment rate ticked up to 5.0 percent from 4.9 percent.

The data for various demographic groups came from a survey of households that is part of the Labor Department's monthly jobs report.