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BLS estimated that 5.5 percent of vets nationwide were looking for work last month.
Advocates say the program should act as a tie-breaker, not an overwhelming advantage for veteran job candidates.
The 4.1 percent unemployment rate for all veterans in March is the highest that estimate has reached in two years.
A new report says many civilian sector efforts to get veterans into new jobs may be too focused on providing quick employment instead of new careers.