Full Employment for Maryland Veterans by the End of 2015

Overall Progress

5.9% Current unemployment rate of veterans in Maryland

Insufficient Progress

Maryland Veterans Unemployment Rate

CY 2013
5.9%
CY 2012
5.3%
11% Increase

Veterans Placed into Jobs by One-Stop Career Centers

FY 2014
5,372
Veterans
FY 2009
5,651
Veterans
Insufficient Progress

Veterans Unemployment Rates

CY 2013
5.9%
Maryland Rate
CY 2013
6.6%
National Rate
11% Below National Rate
This site was last updated on December 3, 2014.

Maryland Veterans Unemployment Rate

Veterans Placed into Jobs by One-Stop Career Centers

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In-State Renewable Energy Generating Capacity (Actual and Projected)

Are We Meeting Our Goals?

Over 435,000 veterans call Maryland home according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  In 2013, 5.9 percent of these veterans were unemployed.  The O’Malley-Brown Administration, led by veteran Lt. Governor Brown, set a goal to achieve full employment for Maryland veterans by 2015.  

Full employment is defined as an unemployment rate of 3.0 percent or lower; StateStat is tracking progress towards this goal using annual data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Actions Taken Towards Goal

  • The delivery plan for achieving full veteran employment includes a strategy for revising state job classifications to include relevant military training and experience in the minimum qualifications, where applicable. In 2014, The Department of Budget and Management with the help of all state agencies completed a review of all state job classifications and made revisions to 1,300 classifications representing 31,000 positions statewide. These changes will help hiring managers better understand veteran applicants’ qualifications and veterans understand what jobs they meet minimum qualifications for. 
  • Maryland's effort to hire veterans is producing results. In FY2013 the state hired 124 veterans for state positions. Maryland State Agencies hired 273 veterns in FY2014, more than double the number in FY2013.
  • On June 1, 2014, the O'Malley-Brown Administration launched Operation HIre: Maryland's 100 Day Veteran Hiring Challenge. This is a statewide campaign encouraging employers to hire Maryland veterans.  Operation Hire complements the supportive services already in place for veterans who are seeking employment across the State. For more information on the hiring campaign or to register your business please visit the Operation Hire webpage
  • Last year, the O’Malley-Brown Administration proposed and the General Assembly passed the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013. The Act removes certain barriers to employment that service members often face when making the transition from military service to the civilian workforce. The Act also expedites the process for certain occupational and professional licensing for recently discharged veterans and spouses when a military family moves to Maryland.
  • The MDVA sends out bi-weekly e-mails to over 18,000 members of the veteran community with job postings from employers seeking to hire Maryland veterans.
  • The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) partnered with the Maryland Department of Aging and DLLR to recruit senior veterans in targeted counties for the federally funded Senior Community Service Employment Program.  This partnership resulted in increased veteran participation and employment for low-income veterans over the age of 55.
  • Mil2FedJobs.com, hosted by DLLR, helps veterans match their military training and experience to available federal jobs.
  • The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) serves veterans through the Maryland Workforce Exchange and One-Stop Career Centers throughout the State.  Each One-Stop is staffed with Local Veterans Employment Representatives and/or Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Staff; in fiscal year 2013, over 14,000 veterans were served at Maryland’s One-Stops and over 5,900 veterans served by the Maryland Workforce Exchange or One-Stop Career Centers entered employment. 
  • StateStat hosts quarterly, cross-agency VetStat meetings to facilitate the collaborative efforts assisting Maryland’s veterans and ensure progress towards our goal of full veteran employment is being made.

How Can I Get Involved?

  • If you are seeking to hire Maryland veterans for your job openings, please contact the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for assistance.
  • Visit the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Jobs and Training page for more information about programs and services available to veterans.
  • If you are a small business owner, contact Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs for a free storefront window sticker that says, “Our Veterans are Welcome Here.”  Electronic versions of the decal are available should you choose to place it on your website.  This decal will show your customers that you are “veteran friendly,” and will promote recognition of military service throughout the business community.
  • If you are a veteran, use the Mil2FedJobs site or meet in person with a veteran representative at a One Stop Career Center.

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How Can I Get Involved?

  • If you are seeking to hire Maryland veterans for your job openings, please contact the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for assistance.
  • Visit the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Jobs and Training page for more information about programs and services available to veterans.
  • If you are a small business owner, contact Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs for a free storefront window sticker that says, “Our Veterans are Welcome Here.”  Electronic versions of the decal are available should you choose to place it on your website.  This decal will show your customers that you are “veteran friendly,” and will promote recognition of military service throughout the business community.
  • If you are a veteran, use the Mil2FedJobs site or meet in person with a veteran representative at a One Stop Career Center.

Where Did We Get Our Data?

Here is the main backing data set for this page. It contains all of the data used to make the tables and graphs, plus even more numbers. Please explore and share the data; it's all public!

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