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Job fair targets military vets

Trevor Humphries, of East Northport, talks with recruiters

Trevor Humphries, of East Northport, talks with recruiters at a job fair for military veterans in Bethpage, Monday. (Oct. 4, 2010) Photo Credit: Ed Betz

 Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom joined expecting to gain marketable skills while in the service, are finding the job market even tougher to crack than nonveterans, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment for all veterans nationwide was 10.2 percent in 2009 - the last year for which complete BLS data is available - compared to 9.3 percent for all American workers. Unemployment information for Long Island veterans could not be determined.

Younger vets are finding it even harder, with more than one in five veterans under 25 unable to find a job last year, according to the most recent BLS figures.

>> Read Martin C. Evans' full story

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