Pre-pandemic, the unemployment rate for military spouses was about 24%, and the civilian unemployment rate was 3.5%. Let’s let that sink in. Prior to the pandemic, military spouses were facing unemployment rates six times higher than the national employment rate.
And during the pandemic? More than 40% of working military spouses reported losing their jobs and 47% had to reduce their work hours, primarily to care for children who were either home from child care or attending school virtually.
Military spouses are not uneducated, nor are they unemployable. According to Department of Defense figures, more than half of all military spouses have some college credits. Twenty-one percent of military spouses have four-year bachelor degrees. An additional eight percent have graduate degrees.
Why is the unemployment rate so high among this group?
Blue Star Families (BSF), a nonprofit organization that conducts an annual survey among military spouses, recently found that “75% of active-duty spouses reported being a military spouse had a negative impact on their ability to pursue employment.”
Among the reasons why that unemployment number is so high:
- Military spouses cannot find work flexible enough to accommodate their spouse’s schedule.
- Many military spouses are frequently out of work due to preparing for or recovering from a military PCS move.
- Military spouses struggle to obtain an education or training more than civilian counterparts.
- Military spouses cannot find work that matches their skills and education.
What can a military spouse do? If your career is not easily transferrable, it may be time to obtain training in a career that is. Many military spouses will qualify for benefits that will help pay for most, if not all of that career training!
The DoD's Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) scholarship program was established to ease the educational and employment challenges military spouses face. The MyCAA scholarship is currently available to spouses of servicemembers who are E-1 to E-5, W-1 and W-2, and O-1 to O-2, and provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance for associate degrees and occupational certifications/licenses.
When looking for career training opportunities, it’s important to look for careers that will move with you – aka portable careers. There are many to choose from! You can have a career in business, counseling and coaching, education and teaching, health and fitness, medical and healthcare and more! These rewarding careers are ideal for military spouses as the positions easily move with you.
Training in the career of your choice doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality time with your family. With Ed4Career's flexible career training programs, you can attend class on your schedule. This flexibility makes it easy for military spouses to fit their coursework in around their spouse’s schedule.
Ed4Career is committed to helping you achieve your educational goals and help you reach your full potential so that you can pursue your desired career path. The classroom is never farther away than your computer.
Contact us today and learn more about portable career training opportunities for military spouses!