By Kathryn Dill
The unemployment rate among those referred to as “Gulf War Era II Veterans” — veterans who have served on active duty since 2001 — fell to 7.2% in 2014, according to data released last month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the jobless rate among all veterans dropped to 5.3%.
As of 2014, 21.2 million people–9% of the civilian population over the age of 18–are veterans, defined as men and women who have previously served on active military duty in the U.S. armed forces and are now civilians.
Many companies are eager to capitalize on the technical, leadership, and process management skills of those with military experience. To determine the top employers for veterans, compensation information site Payscale.com took a look at companies hiring the most veterans for work in which military experience is highly relevant.
This ranking is focused exclusively on employers seeking skilled labor. As a result, some major American employers, such as Wal-Mart, do not appear on this list, despite the fact that they employ greater numbers of military veterans in unskilled capacities.
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