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-Veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era accounted for roughly half of the total veteran population in the United States of 21.4 million men and women.

-The unemployment rate for recent veterans has been noticeably higher than it is for non-veterans in the same demographic group, although the gap has been narrowing.

-States with the highest unemployment rate among veterans were Michigan and New Jersey, both with over 10 percent. States with the lowest rates were Delaware, Iowa, North Dakota, Vermont and Virginia, all under 4 percent.

The new numbers came out a day after President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

The annual report was compiled by the Labor Department with the help of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Among all of the veterans, the unemployment rate for women declined to 6.9 percent in 2013 while the rate for men edged down to 6.6 percent.

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