For the last two years, unemployment among female veterans in North Carolina has been at 14.8%, more than twice the rate of male veterans. While there are many reasons unemployment is higher among female veterans, Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, Director of the U.S. Department for Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans, states that issues such as childcare, underemployment, and transportation seem to be more pronounced among women. Contributing to the higher unemployment rates is the fact that many female veterans do not identify themselves as veterans, preventing them from accessing assistance programs through the VA and from pursuing job opportunities where veteran status would give them hiring preference.

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