Trump signs executive order to push federal agencies to hire more military spouses

Education
President Donald Trump holds up an executive order he's just signed encouraging federal agencies to hire more military spouses during a ceremony at the White House, May 9, 2018. (Joe Gromelski, Stars and Stripes)
From Stripes.com
President Donald Trump holds up an executive order he's just signed encouraging federal agencies to hire more military spouses during a ceremony at the White House, May 9, 2018. (Joe Gromelski, Stars and Stripes)

Trump signs executive order to push federal agencies to hire more military spouses

by: Nikki Wentling | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 07, 2018

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday encouraging federal agencies to hire more military spouses, a population whose employment lags behind the rest of the United States.

“You’re going to be given better treatment than ever before,” Trump promised military spouses Wednesday. “We can never repay you for all that you do, but we can and we will give you the opportunities you deserve. When you are strong, your families are strong and America thrives.”

The White House described the order as the first step in a larger effort by the Trump administration to increase military spouse employment. Based on a survey, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimated the unemployment rate for military spouses was 16 percent in 2017. The overall unemployment rate in the United States was 3.9 percent as of April. The veteran unemployment rate in April fell to 3.7 percent.

“We are going to change that, and we are going to change it as quickly as we can,” Trump said. “It will go fast.”

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.526132