The U.S. economy is losing $1 billion a year to a single crisis: military spouse unemployment. According to the Chamber of Commerce, of the more than 600,000 individuals who are married to members of the military, nearly half are out of the workforce for various reasons. If you take only the ones who are actively looking for work (i.e. they are not in the middle of a PCS, spouse’s deployment, or some other reason to not seek work) the numbers is only around 10 percent. However, that is still more than twice the across the board unemployment rate produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2017.
The unemployment numbers for our younger veterans are better, but still are higher than the average. With unemployment rates so high, where can military spouses turn to in order to overcome the negative impact of PCS moves, deployments, and the other facts of military life on their careers?
Here are three sources that can help:
Career One Stop is a program put on by the Department of Labor. On the site, spouses and Veterans can search for jobs, find resume tips and even research salaries. Because it is put on by the Department of Labor, the site is available to everyone but, they do have a page specifically for military spouses. Career One Stop’s job search page has direct links to larger job hunting sites like USAjobs and Amazon.jobs, so it can serve as a centralized location to do your searching as opposed to