156 million Americans unemployed this Labor Day, including nearly 100,000 veterans

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - On Monday, 156 million Americans all around the country will celebrate the Labor Day holiday.

It's a day to honor the economic achievements of American workers. But for those out of work, the day is bittersweet.

Nearly 11.5 million Americans are looking for work this holiday.

Our nation's veterans and young adults are among the largest groups looking for a job.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 92,000 of our nation's veterans are unemployed.

The statistics also show 24 percent of teenagers and young adults are looking for work right now.

Tammy Lynn Reyes spends several days a week at the Overland Park Kansas Works employment office tweaking her resume.

The 25-year army vet lost her job in May when government sequestration cut her position at Fort Leonard Wood.

Reyes says she worries most about finding a new job in order to set a good example for her five children.

"I've always felt like I've had to be a role model to my kids as a parent," she said. "A lot of it is pressure to not only do the right thing so I can help take care of them, but also so that I can show them that even when things get a little rough it's up to you to go out and make something happen."

On the flip side, sometimes young adults have the hardest time finding a job. They don't have much experience, and now they're competing with more seasoned workers who are also in the job market.

Kansas City Kansas Community College student Brandy Patterson spends every day after school in an employment office searching through online job listings.

She says the statistics about the number of young adults out of work don't intimidate her.

"I think it's all in a person. Numbers are numbers, but if that person is driven like I am to succeed and get the job they want, I think they can do it regardless of what the numbers say," Patterson said with a smile.

National analysts say the private sector needs to create 200,000 new jobs a month to accommodate new high school and graduates.

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