Public Employment Exchanges

Archive Report

Foreshadowed Relief and Employment-Exchange Contests

During recent weeks public attention has been concentrated upon preparations for the relief of distress during the coming winter to the exclusion of other aspects of the unemployment problem. At the end of August, President Green of the American Federation of Labor predicted that by January, 1932, seven million persons would be without work in the United States. August had seen a slight gain in employment, he said, but this was only a seasonal improvement and would “not lessen our winter problem.” At the end of July, when Green had made a similar forecast, President Hoover had declined to estimate the future extent of unemployment but had said: “The problem, whatever it is, will be met.”

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