Unemployment and New Jobs

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New Administration and the Job Problem

Kennedy's Request for Aid to the Unemployed

Special aid to the unemployed heads the list of measures proposed by the new administration to combat the recession and pave the way for increased long-range growth of the American economy. President John F. Kennedy told Congress, in his State of the Union message on Jan. 30, that “During each month some 150,000 workers are exhausting their already meager jobless benefit rights.” To meet that situation, he said he would send to Congress within 14 days “a measure to improve unemployment compensation through temporary increases in duration on a self-supporting basis.”

The President did not go into detail, but it seems clear that the plan he has in mind will closely follow provisions of ...

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