By the numbers

The 'bleak' glut of unemployed veterans: By the numbers

Americans returning from war are far more likely to be jobless — and eventually homeless — than their civilian counterparts

Young veterans who have served in combat are having less luck finding work than other people their age. The White House expects the problem to just grow worse as the last U.S. soldiers return from Iraq. Here, a by-the-numbers look at the "bleak" jobs outlook for young Americans coming home from war:

30Percentage of combat veterans between ages 20 and 24 who are unemployed, according to The New York Times

21Percentage of veterans in the same demographic who were unemployed in July 2010

14Percentage of men aged 20 to 24 in the general population who are out of work. That's up from 12 percent in July 2010.

8.6National unemployment rate, expressed as a percentage, in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

850,000Number of veterans who can't find work now

250,000 Number of veterans from the Iraq and Afghan wars who are now back home and unable to find jobs
1,000,000Number of additional veterans who will join the work force in the next five years

350,000Number of private sector jobs the U.S. economy has added in the past three months

100,000 Number of veterans that large companies like JPMorgan Chase and Verizon have pledged to hire by 2020

25Percent of the nation's homeless who are veterans, according to Ohio Combat Veterans

62Percentage by which the divorce rate for American veterans is higher than that for the general population

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Businessweek, Military.com, NY Times, Ohio Combat Veterans

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