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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 8

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PAGE EIGHT ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 1963 Unemployment Story Figures Give a False Picture Of the Unemployment Situation In toda\'s article public opinion reporter Samuel Lti- bol) reveals how figures can scramble the picture of the unemployment situation and the part working women play in it. U.v SA.MIiKL UrBIOM- At one Detroit employment center T spotted an unusual sight. Standing in line (or his unemployment check was a youngish worker with two small children. He explained. "When I was laid off mv wife went to work, so I'm taking care of (he kirls." mam wives go job hunting and He continued. "We figured mvthe rolls show two unemployed wife would work long enough In persons rather than one. If bus •oiled unemployment pay. Then band and wife rotate in going on I'd go out and get a job. But sit-(and off unemployment compensating at home minding these kids isjlion. they slay in the jobless driving me crazy. I'm ready Injures for months after the look for work right now." fig- husband have returned to work. being off vacation." Again, the same statistical urg few weeks. It's a good publish separate breakdowns of unomploment among teenagers, married men, and other groups. my its That incident has stuck memory partly because niman quality but also because it llustrates how unemployment sta- istics tend to grow by feeding on hemselvos. When husbands are laid off. Hardly Belong Some "unemployed" hardly be long in the figures. South of Wich ita, Kan., a Boeing aircraft work er had been drawing idle pay foi six months. He was also operating BIG MEN! \\\\\\\\*\ TALL MEN! COOL - COOL - COOL Sizes 14'/2 fo 20 Choice of Solids—Checks—Plaids MAIL ORDERS ACCEPTED UNITED MEN'S SHOP IG82 WASHINGTON AV1£., ALTON .18 li. FERGUSON. WOOD 1UVEK NAME A D D R I-.SS CITY SIZE STATE Color Preference n CASH D CHECK a C.O.D. Add 4'. Sales Tax — 25c Shipping Charge UNITED/ MEN'S SHOPS Inc. 1662 WASHINGTON AVE, UPPER ALTON 36 E. FERGUSON AVE, WOOD RIVER, ILL, a 220-acre wheat farm and had (done well enough, as a renter, to 'buy a new automobile and tractor '•in the last year and to vole [against the wheat referendum. "I'm not supposed to work on the farm if I colled compensation." he remarked. "But my 14- i year-old son does all (he farm work." Such abuses, however, are not the main weakness in the unemployment statistics. The really cnicial weakness is how misleading the label "unemployment" has become. To (ho general public the word "unemployment" still stirs grim memories of the depression. Many persons think "in a rich country like the United States there should be no unemployment." But it does not take much interviewing at unemployment centers to impress a reporter with how enormously different unemployment is today from the 1930s. Also, (he more sviclely I interviewed the more convinced I became of the need to break free of thinking of unemployment in terms of a single, over-all indicator. My survey shows that with the economy at its present level the bulk of the "unemployed" consists of a number of special problems. Each need separate diagnosis as to its effective action is to be taken. Certainly, one should not jumble together the 48-year-old coal miner I talked with in Wheeling, W. Va., whose mine was exhausted, with the dress cleaner in New York who blithely remarked, "I like NOW AT BOTH HURWITZ JEWELRY STORES! DECORATIVE WALL CLOCK SALE IS ON! A wonderful selection of styles and all at new low prices. Choose traditional, modern, contemporary, Colonial. Classic and unusual designs which will enhance the beauty of your walls. SUGAR AND SPICE — Early New England spice box design. Antique pine finish. SHOW PIECE — Classic plaqu* design will grace any wall. 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Daily PHONE 254-4719 eney should not be given to youngsters who have never gotten set in the economy and well-paid workers who need only lo spread part of their earnings over slack periods for a decent annual wage. Season Starts Slowly Of the construction workers interviewed, about a fifth complained "Ihe season has been slow in starling." But most of tin others shared the feeling of a Youngstown, Ohio, carpenter who declared, "I'm no unemployment problem. During the summer ] make $200 a week. I put a third of it in the bank for the winter when work stops." In Detroit a 33-year-old die maker at Ihe GM Tech center talked of being laid off "six months every year." Still, he figured, with supplementary unemployment pay, he earns $7,000 a year. Another auto worker who lost three months on a model change put his annual earnings at "eight to nine thousand with overtime." Still another special problem is posed by retired workers who represented seven percent of all the unemployed interviewed in my survey. Some fell, "I'm entitled to 26 weeks' unemployment pay before going on Social Security." Others were already getting Social Security or private company pensions but were looking lor part- time work to bolster their income or because "a fellow wants something to do." A retired government clerk in Rahway, N. J., explained, "I want a job to become eligible for a Social Security pension as well." After analyzing each case separately, I estimated that among all the unemployed interviewed in 23 cities, less than half constituted real employment problems in that they had no jobs to return to and were having trouble placing themselves. This figure may not he typical of the entire country. Still it is high enough to raise the question as to what the generally phrased term "four million unemployed" really means. Significance Loot The Labor Department does FORTY ODD By Peg Bracken and Rod Lull But the significance of these fig ures is usually lost in the head line attention given the overall across the given rate 9 Teachers Employed at Bunker Hill BUNKER HILL — Nine new teachers have been employed by the Board of Education of Bunker Hill District. Mrs. Beatrice Mercer of Bunker Mill attended Normal University, Shurtleff College, and Macomb and has taught a number of years in the local grade school. Warner S. While of Poplar Bluff, Mo., received his degree from Arkansas Stale Collide and has attended California Stale University and Southern Illinois University. He has teught at Bunker, Mo., for the hast 11 yeas. Cecil Stillar of Alton received a B.S. degree in business administration at Millikin University and also attended Southern Illinois University in Alton. His recent experience was in the .•junior- high in the Belleville system. Miss Evelyn Allen of Carlinvillc, j received her B.S. degree at USNU al Normal and has seven 'years teaching experience, HIP Ui.sl five years al Virginia, 111. Mrs. M a r y Kllen Walsh of Staunton received her B. S. degree at Southern Illinois University. She has taught in the North Gallatin Community School. Dr. E. E. Hall of Edwardsville attended Southern Illinois University, State University of Iowa, and graduate work at the University of Michigan. He has taught in the Edwardsville Junior H i g h. Mrs. Lois Weishaupt of Bunker Hill attended Blackburn College and has taught in rural i.schools in this area. Miss Helen Johnson of Bunker Hill will receive her degree from Southern Ilinois University at Carbondale in August. Mrs. Rosalie (larrett of Gillespie will leach physics and inalh and she received her B.S. degree from Southern Illinois University in Alton. Six teachers have resigned Irom the local unit. Miss Kllen Stone will be assistant Dean of Women al Greenville College, David Go- jlike plans lo study in l-'rance, Mrs. Carmen Lucking will leach in (he Roxana Elementary school .system, Miss Betty Bates, Richard Bundy and John Gillham. Ralph Mason Holmes, I h e new superintendet, will take over his duties Monday, July 1. llloodmobllc BUNKER HILL — The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Bunker Hill Friday, June 28 from 1 p.m. lo fi p.m. at the Masonic i Temple. Please note the change of location. TRIPOLI — Libyan American has become Ihe third U. S. company lo undertake Ihe commercial sale of Libyan oil world wide. unemployment country. Nor is this unemployment raU an adequately sensitive measure of the hardship caused by unem ploymcnt. In seven different cities jobless workers admitted they look "extra" jobs on the side, which went unreported lo the tax collector while drawing unemployment pay. One woman in the Canton, Ohio enter said, ''I make $2f> a week helping a landscape)'. He pays in others ways so I can collect hern." Since 1947 the number of married women working has almost doubled. Many of these wives went lo work when their husbands were laid off. My own the shakier look the more likely it is ihat hi? wife will be working. Among Ihe unemployed who could not go back to their former jobs nearly half showed a second breadwinner in the family. With the unemployer who had jobs lo go back to (mostly season al layoffs and construction workers) only a third of the house holds showed both husband and wives working. Looked at as famjty units, in short, the unemployed seem less OFF PARIS COMPANY KROAtnvAY 1501 NO PARIS (API — The municipal riding company of Lyon. France, is (o visit Broadway in Juno, .1964. Tho engagement is . Ihc first in Now York for a non-Paris troupe of French players. Roger Planclion will first take the ensemble on a tour of mid- Europe and Russia. Shows to Im done include a burlesque of "The Three Musketeers" and two JURY REPRIEVE PHOKN1X, Ail/. (/P) - F'our hundred prospective jurors got a reprieve from duty through the courtesy of Superior Court Judge Laurens L. Henderson. He said tie would delay qualifying the new panel from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., giving both jurors and judge lime to see the rodeo parade. Moliere comedies, Georges Dan- di-." and "Tartuffe." interviews show that the husband's job out- "That reminds me, dear, when arc you going to have the roof fixed?"' hard-pressed than person is thought breadwinner. if each jobless of as the sole Tomorrow — unemployment. What to do about Bloodjnobile At Jerseyville Church Friday JERSEYVILLE - The fifth and last visit of the fiscal year of the Red Cross Boodmobile will be Friday at First Methodist Church from I p.m. to 6 p.m. The quota is 13(i pints. Anyone net ween the ages of IS and 60 may give blood, hut young men not yet 21 must present a signed parental consent form. Jersey County is 200 pints short of its yearly quota. Mrs. Paul Riehey is blood program chairman for Jersey County. State Tax Meeting JERSEYVILLE — A group of Jersey County officers affiliated with the tax work of the county attended a meeting of the state board of review at the Dunlap Hotel in Jacksonville Tuesday, were James Allen, ehair- They man, Bob Bosworth, clerk, Mrs. Grace Edwards and Mrs. Opal Stephenson of the Jersey County board of review; Mrs. Marie Jersey Bells Ring July 4 JERSEYVILLE — Jerseyville Junior Woman's Club will join jun ior clubs all over the United States in commemorating "Our American Heritage" by making "Freedom really ring" on July 4, at 1 p.m. All church bells, all bells in government buildings and all bells in colleges and universities will ring for four minutes in every part of the country. Every radio station will broadcast the sound of bells for two minutes, followed by a reading from the Declaration of Independence. Jerseyville churches will cooperate by ringing bells for two minutes at 1 p.m. \ committee composed of Mrs. John Pero, Mrs. Nicholas Arger and Mrs. Eldon Kanallakan has contacted the various churches here to secure their cooperation. Walkinglon, deputy treasurer and Mrs. Nancy Gustafson, chief deputy in the county clerk's < lice. Robert Hall reduces prices on our entire stocks of nationally advertised men's TROPICAL SUITS V v Sorento' DACRON & WORSTED reduced to Save*15to*20 comparable values *45 to *5O Tropic-Hall* DACRON* & RAYON reduced to 24 88 Save $ 12 comparable value 36.95 There's never a charge for alterations at Robert Hall I A large selection of seasonal colors and patterns in a choice of newest models. SIZES FOR REGULARS, SHORTS, LONGS. •I.M. 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