LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The war in Iraq is over, but American soldiers are returning home to face a new battle — unemployment.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics says unemployment rates for veterans ages 20 to 24 are close to 30 percent — nearly double that of their young civilian counterparts.

One issue is that many soldiers begin their service right out of high school.

Groups such as Volunteers of America, an organization based near Skid Row, are helping vets who lack the education needed to be competitive in the current workforce.

Last month California’s overall unemployment rate dropped to 11.3 percent. Still, many troops returning from Iraq plan to reenlist simply because there are too few jobs to come home to.

Comments (5)
  1. Mad Monk says:

    Well, well, we told you so!
    The unemployment statistics are going to go up in the new year!

  2. ray says:

    i know its not required but for any of them that had a job when they left to the war THAT JOB should be given back to them when they return

  3. rankin1 says:

    plus the prisoners being released early, welfare will be busy.

  4. John says:

    Just because the war is over doesn’t mean that their enlistment is cancelled. They are still in the service and have to complete their term. Then they’ll get out. In the mean time many will be going to Afghanistan and the military will probably cut back on the number of new recruits needed to replace the Iraq vets.

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