(KMOV.com) -- The city of St. Louis is focusing on veterans with a bill that will give preference to veterans when applying for city jobs.
Alderman Jeffrey Boyd of the 22nd Ward is a veteran and the man behind the bill. Any veteran who passes their civil service exam would be given five bonus points on the final score of that exam. A disabled veteran would receive 10 bonus points.
All candidates for a particular job will be put in a pool and Boyd says the new system could jump a veteran ahead of a non-veteran.
“Veterans have earned this,” said Boyd, “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.”
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.