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Nearly Two-Thirds of Employers Would Hire Military Veterans Over Other Equally Qualified Candidates

Despite higher than average unemployment rates, employment prospects for U.S. military veterans may be improving.

VH-1024x729According to a new CareerBuilder study, 29 percent of employers say they are actively recruiting veterans to work for their organizations, up 9 percentage points from a year ago.

Twenty-two percent are planning on adding members of the National Guard to their headcount, up 8 percentage points.  Sixty-five percent said they would be more likely to hire a veteran over another equally qualified candidate.

The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive© of more than 2,600 employers nationwide from August 13 to September 6, 2012.

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Stephanie Gaspary

About Stephanie Gaspary

Stephanie is the managing director of content strategy at CareerBuilder, tasked with creating opportunities to share the CareerBuilder story across job seeker and employer channels. Stephanie, a lifelong learner, holds a Master's in Business Administration and a Master's in Management - both from North Park University and a Bachelor's degree in Art from Bethel University. A Minnesotan at heart, Stephanie has lived in Chicago for nearly 20 years, is the doting mother to two wacky german shorthaired pointer pups, looks forward to her morning run *almost* as much as that first cup of coffee and vows to one day live in the mountains.
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