Military spouses struggle to find jobs

WASHINGTON – A new study says military spouses struggle to find jobs and are more likely to work for less pay or in positions below their education level, spurring unemployment and other costs totalling up to $1 billion a year.

Military spouses wrestle with frequent moves, deployments and erratic schedules of their service member mates. They have an unemployment rate of up to 18 per cent, compared with last month’s national jobless rate of 5 per cent.

The problem is not new to the Pentagon. In recent years there has been a flood of new programs aimed at encouraging companies to hire military veterans and spouses.

The study, commissioned by Blue Star Families, says about 42 per cent of military spouses are jobless, compared with about 25 per cent of a comparable civilian spouse population.