First lady: Vets program has hired, trained 380K

Published On: Nov 14 2013 10:39:56 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 14 2013 05:10:23 PM EST
Michelle Obama
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -

First lady Michelle Obama says companies that are participating in a program to help veterans find employment have trained or hired 380,000 vets and military spouses.

Obama made the announcement Thursday during a speech at a Walt Disney World forum aimed at getting opportunities and developing programs for bringing ex-soldiers into the workforce.

Earlier this year, Obama announced that the Joining Forces program she started along with Jill Biden two and a half years ago had hired 290,000 veterans and spouses. The latest hiring number she announced is nearly four times the original goal the program wanted to reach by the end of 2013.
    
The jobless rate for those veterans who served after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks fell from 12.1 percent in 2011 to 9.9 percent in 2012.