Casey Pushes for Passage of Bipartisan Veteran Jobs Bill

Bipartisan Casey-Cosponsored Bill Would Help Create Jobs for Veterans, Provide Skill Development Opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC –U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today pushed for Senate passage of the Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012, legislation he cosponsored to help ensure servicemembers have jobs and training opportunities upon their return to the civilian workforce. 

“High veteran unemployment is unacceptable and deserving of immediate action,” said Senator Casey. “We can and must come together to create employment opportunities for veterans and help them overcome the unique challenges they face when returning to the civilian workforce. Their experience and skills are too valuable to remain untapped, and helping them gain employment will strengthen the entire economy.” 

The Veterans Jobs Corps Act of 2012 would create new opportunities for veterans to be employed in national forests, parks and public lands. It would also create new opportunities for veterans to become first responders or pursue other public service positions.

Additionally, the bill would establish career specialists and other job searching resources to assist veterans. 

Far too many veterans remain unemployed, according to recent data. At 10.9%, veteran unemployment is particularly high among our youngest veterans who served after September 11. A county-by-county breakdown of the number of unemployed veterans in Pennsylvania is below:

County

# of Veterans

Vet Unemployment %

Non-Vet Unemployment %

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

93804

10.5

8

Armstrong County, Pennsylvania

5409

6.4

8.1

Beaver County, Pennsylvania

15354

8.7

8.3

Berks County, Pennsylvania

30021

7.2

9.6

Blair County, Pennsylvania

11640

15.5

5.6

Bucks County, Pennsylvania

42497

8.8

8.4

Butler County, Pennsylvania

17040

8.9

7.3

Cambria County, Pennsylvania

14005

9.9

8.5

Carbon County, Pennsylvania

5596

8.5

12.6

Centre County, Pennsylvania

9236

12.4

6.1

Chester County, Pennsylvania

34122

9.5

5.9

Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

8079

15.5

11.9

Columbia County, Pennsylvania

4877

3.9

6.1

Crawford County, Pennsylvania

7989

20.3

8.8

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

21917

3.1

5.3

Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

23674

7.3

7.2

Delaware County, Pennsylvania

37430

8.2

9.7

Erie County, Pennsylvania

21527

9.4

9.1

Fayette County, Pennsylvania

11976

15.3

13.3

Franklin County, Pennsylvania

13375

9.4

8.5

Indiana County, Pennsylvania

7808

12

11.2

Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

19068

8.1

8.7

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

32787

9.7

7.6

Lawrence County, Pennsylvania

8220

14.8

8.4

Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

11786

2.4

8.1

Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

24837

13.4

11

Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

28083

7.8

10.5

Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

11029

3.9

9.1

Mercer County, Pennsylvania

11012

10

9.4

Monroe County, Pennsylvania

14506

16.1

14.6

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

54234

10.3

7.1

Northampton County, Pennsylvania

23770

10.6

9.7

Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

10738

8.3

10.7

Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

77641

16.6

15.5

Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

15807

7.6

10.9

Somerset County, Pennsylvania

7427

9.2

9.9

Washington County, Pennsylvania

18689

9.8

9.7

Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

34921

8.4

9.1

York County, Pennsylvania

35840

9.1

9.3