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Top Stories: Military Spouses Face High Unemployment, Low Pay

May 26, 2016

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new study has found that military spouses face a higher unemployment rate than the national average. Spouses face frequent moves, deployments and erratic schedules of their military partners.

The study was commissioned by Blue Star Families, a group that coordinates services for military families. It found that military spouses have an unemployment rate of about 18 percent. That’s higher than last month’s national unemployment rate of 5 percent.

It’s also estimated that those with a bachelor’s degree earn 40 percent less than their civilian counterparts. Texas has the second-largest veteran population in the country.

Other stories this morning:

  • The non-profit Trust for Public Land this morning released its annual ParkScore Index, which rates the park systems in the 100 largest U.S. cities. Six North Texas cities made the list, and Plano scored the highest.
  • One of the fanciest film festivals in the world recently wrapped up – the Cannes Film Festival. A Dallas filmmaker talked to our Big Screen team about the experience.  

You can listen to North Texas stories at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.