Source: Gregory B. Lewis and Rahul Pathak, State and Local Government Review, Vol. 46 no. 2, June 2014
From the abstract:
Has veterans’ preference been successful in increasing military veterans’ access to state and local government (SLG) jobs? U.S. Census data for 1980 through 2011 show that veterans are more likely than nonveterans to work for SLGs, despite some characteristics that would normally make them less likely to take SLG jobs. This is especially true in states that offer absolute preference or pay well relative to the private sector.