While the federal government hired more veterans in the last year in comparison to previous years, most of the vet hires are being on-boarded specifically to the Department of Veteran Affairs or Defense departments. In a report issued Wednesday by the Office of Personnel Management, it was noted that employed veterans made up about 26.3 percent of the total workforce, or around 542,641 veterans in 2010—about 30,000 additional hires as compared to the previous year. In 2009, veterans constituted 25.8 percent of the total workforce. The majority of the growth came in the Defense departments, with 22,000 veterans added. As compared to 2009, Veterans Affairs employed around 4,200 more veterans.
OPM Director John Berry stated that these figures show that the Veterans Employment Initiative of President Obama is bearing results. Despite these results, Berry pointed out that “while we've accomplished a lot in the first year, too many veterans are still unemployed, and we're going to keep pushing to do even better going forward.”
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