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OPM: 28.5% of new hires are vets

Dec. 13, 2011 - 02:18PM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments
The federal government in fiscal 2011 hired the highest percentage of veterans in more than two decades, the Office of Personnel Management said. / Jim Hinnant / Army

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The federal government in fiscal 2011 hired the highest percentage of veterans in more than two decades, the Office of Personnel Management said today.

OPM said that preliminary data shows 28.5 percent of new hires were veterans last fiscal year, up from the 25.6 percent figure in 2010 and 24.0 percent in 2009.

The President's Council on Veterans Employment, an interagency group that pushed agencies to hire more vets, will start a new program in spring to find jobs for formerly homeless veterans. OPM said agencies agreed to hire up to two formerly homeless veterans, and said they will match vets' skills to jobs to ensure they have a chance at a long-term career.

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