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County Announces $4.3M Grant for Soldiers Moving to Civilian Work

A $4.3 million federal grant will go toward programs to help members of the military enter the civilian workforce, county officials announced Tuesday.

The National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will be targeted at reducing unemployment among those discharged from the military.

County Executive Steve Schuh said the unemployment rate among Maryland’s veterans is the highest in the country.

“The unemployment rate for a female active-duty spouse is 32 percent and the unemployment rate for a female veteran spouse is 22 percent,” Schuh said.

The national unemployment rate was 4.9 percent as of October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“No one who has fought for our freedom, for this nation’s freedom, should have trouble finding employment after his or her mission is complete with the United States armed forces,” Schuh said. “But the statistics are rather disturbing.”

Read the full article from The Baltimore Sun.



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