The Department of Labor will introduce its first women veterans program manager at a symposium Thursday morning at the department’s headquarters in Washington.
Female veterans had an 8.3 percent rate of unemployment last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 annual data, higher than the 6.9 percent jobless rate experienced by male veterans and the 7.7 percent for women who are not veterans. The 2.2 million women veterans in the country make up about 10 percent of the overall veteran population.
Labor has established the new position to “ensure our programs are positioned to meet the needs of the nation’s fastest growing veteran population,” according to a department statement.
Nancy A. Glowacki, an Army veteran who has been named program manager, has worked on veterans’ transition issues for the military, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and as an independent consultant, according to a Labor Department biography.
She will synchronize research efforts aimed at identifying data gaps and problems for women veterans who seek employment and face career barriers. She will also “ensure resources across the department are optimized to have a dedicated focus on improving women veterans’ employment,” according to the department.
Labor Secretary Tom Perez is scheduled to open the symposium on women veterans’ employment.