Michelle Obama talks with Wal-mart executive Andrea Thomas as Stephen Roberts looks on during a tour the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Springfield, Mo. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Mrs. Obama was promoting her campaign against childhood obesity and highlit "the groundbreaking steps� the retailer has taken to make healthy food more affordable. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Valerie Mosley) NO SALES
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is challenging some of America's top CEOs to "think outside the box" and hire more veterans.
The first lady said Wednesday that while declines in U.S. unemployment are encouraging, joblessness among veterans is nearly two points higher, at 9.4 percent. She said that figure translates into about 200,000 unemployed veterans, excluding military spouses and those who will return home after the U.S. ends its combat mission in Afghanistan.
Mrs. Obama said a campaign she launched two years ago with Jill Biden, the vice president's wife, has led businesses to hire or train more than 125,000 veterans and military spouses. But she said more needs to be done.
The first lady urged CEO members of the Business Roundtable to "think outside the box" when they are considering hiring veterans.
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