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Arkansas' low unemployment rate for veterans

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas' post-9/11 veteran unemployment rate is 4.3%, making it one of the nation's top five states with lowest unemployment rates for today's veterans. 

Arkansas' unemployment rate is six points lower than the national average.

Benjamin McCain was in active duty for four years and after returning home, spent 9 months looking for a job. 

"I actually just put myself out on," McCain said."Any job website that I could, I put myself out."

McCain said he left active duty to spend more time with his daughter. After returning home, McCain discovered he had a hard time supporting his family.

He said he got the same response from most employers.

"I got a lot of responses saying you are overqualified or whatever but I was willing to take anything."

McCain turned to ASU's Beck Pride Center to help in his search. Director Sandra Worlow says they provide educational programs and other services  to veterans retuning home.

"A lot of them want to find a job," Worlow said. "But the difficulty that have is translating their military experience into civilian terms."

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