Trump touts 18-year low for veteran unemployment rate

Trump touts 18-year low for veteran unemployment rate
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE on Tuesday celebrated reports that unemployment among veterans hit an 18-year low in 2018, and swiped at the media in the process.

The president called the latest unemployment numbers "really good news for our Vets and their families," and questioned whether the press "will report on this and all of the other great economic news?"


Multiple news outlets reported that veterans' unemployment dropped to 3.5 percent overall in 2018, the lowest figure since 2000. The rate was 3.8 percent for post-9/11 veterans, the lowest figure yet,  according to TheMilitary Times, citing Bureau of Labor Statistics figures.

The falling unemployment rates for veterans coincides with declining numbers for the rest of the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics survey captures veterans and others who work full-time and part-time, but does not take into account those who have given up on finding work.

The president regularly touts the state of the economy and his focus on veterans to frame his administration's success, citing low unemployment numbers and reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs.