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Trump signs executive order to expand employment opportunities for military spouses

US President Donald Trump stands alongside First Lady Melania Trump during an event in honor of Military Mothers and Spouses in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC Trump boosts military spouse hiring efforts
Ellis Copeland | 11 May, 2018, 23:19

In a presidential proclamation on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced Friday, May 11, as Military Spouse Appreciation Day, a celebration usually held on the Friday before Mother's Day.

For military spouses, the unemployment rate is 16 percent which is four times higher than the national average for female adults.

Trump also noted difficulties that the lifestyle of a military spouse can put on their own aspirations, saying that his administration would focus on doing better by them.

"We are going to change that, and we are going to change it as quickly as we can", Trump said.

The hiring authority allows military spouses to be appointed to certain jobs without having to go through the usual hiring process.

Stateside assignments bring their own challenges as military families typically move every two to three years.

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The order also directs the Office of Personnel Management to increase awareness of the hiring preference for military spouses and train agencies about how to use it.

The president said the order will "ensure that you have better access to federal jobs" and will encourage businesses across the country to "expand opportunities for our incredible and talented military spouses".

The president talked about spouses' hardships during long deployments.

According to dosomething.org, military spouses tend to be under 35 and are mostly women with only five percent of military spouses being men. According to a report released Wednesday from Trump's Council of Economic Advisers, 35 percent of military spouses in the labor market work in occupations that require a license or certification - meaning they must navigate varying licensing laws when they move across state lines.

"Mother's Day, which is this Sunday, is celebrated just one time per year", the first lady said to the gathering in the White House East Room.

The day recognizes the important contributions, support and sacrifices of military spouses.

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