(KMOV) – A St. Louis alderman has proposed a bill that would make it easier for veterans to get city jobs.
Jeffrey Boyd, alderman of the 22nd Ward, is the man behind the bill. Boyd, a veteran himself, says giving the upper hand to veterans applying for city jobs is the right thing to do.
Under the bill, any veteran who passes their civil service examination would be given five bonus points to the final score of their exam. A disabled veteran would receive 10 bonus points.
All candidates for a particular job are put in a pool, and Boyd says the new point system could jump a veteran ahead of a non-veteran candidate.
Boyd says every St. Louis Board of Aldermen member co-sponsored the bill, which he urges voters to pass in November.
“Veterans have earned this. It is the small thing that we can do to show appreciation for our veterans, for putting their lives on the line, for putting their family on hold to serve our country. That is a distinction that not everybody can claim,” he said.
The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the unemployment rate for veterans is 5.9 percent for men and 2.8 percent for women. The overall national unemployment rate is 6.6 percent.