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Report: Military spouses underemployed

FT. SILL, Okla._ A new report says nearly 90 percent of female military spouses are under-employed throughout the country.

The survey, which was conducted last fall, says over 2,000 female military spouses either can't find work or they're not qualified for existing jobs in the places they relocate. Many times military spouses have to take jobs below their experience or education level.  

"Sometimes they are underemployed for a reason," said Jerry Haisler, of Workforce Solutions. "They need to get a job today; not the job they intend to do for a long time, but to get a job so that they can get to the next job."

Just recently, the military has expanded its spouse employment program by launching a new web portal. It's designed to help spouses develop and then track a career plan. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, over the last month more than 1,200 profiles have been created.

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