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Unemployment rate for young veterans hits 21.1 percent

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VETERANS

Jobless rate at 21.1% for ages 18 to 24

The unemployment rate last year for young veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars hit 21.1 percent, the Labor Department said Friday, reflecting a tough obstacle that combat veterans face as they make the transition home from war.

The number was well above the 16.6 percent jobless rate for non-veterans of the same ages, 18 to 24. It was significantly higher than the 2008 unemployment rate among veterans in that age group: 14.1 percent.

Many of the unemployed are members of the National Guard and reserves who have deployed multiple times, said Joseph Sharpe, director of the economic division at the American Legion. Sharpe said some come home to find their jobs have been eliminated because the company has downsized. Other companies might not want to hire someone who could deploy again or will have medical appointments because of war-related health problems, he said.

-- Associated Press

TEXAS

Social studies guides tentatively adopted

The Texas State Board of Education preliminarily adopted new social studies standards Friday, shaping what teachers will be required to cover in social studies, history and economics classes for millions of students for the next decade

Decisions by the board -- long led by social conservatives -- affect textbook content nationwide because Texas is one of publishers' biggest clients.

The board voted 11 to 4 to adopt the standards after almost three days of emotional debate. In dozens of smaller votes over the three days, the board wielded its power to shape lessons on the civil rights movement, the U.S. free enterprise system, religion and hundreds of other topics.

A final vote on the standards is expected in May.

-- Associated Press

Newsom to run for Calif. lieutenant governor: Months after dropping his bid for governor of California, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) announced Friday that he wants to be lieutenant governor. Newsom had filed paperwork last month that qualified him to run for statewide office, but he had declined to confirm his candidacy until Friday's deadline for filing.

Reid's wife undergoes surgery after crash: The wife of Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) had surgery Friday to stabilize injuries from a broken neck she suffered in a traffic accident. Reid's wife, Landra, is not at risk of paralysis, physician Elizabeth Franco said at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Landra Reid, 69, and her daughter Lana Reid-Barringer, 49, were struck from behind on Interstate 95 by a tractor-trailer Thursday. Reid-Barringer was released from the hospital Thursday.

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