What Does the Defense Program Mean in Terms of Employment?

Saturday, April 05, 1941

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Fifth episode of the series.

Unnamed speaker introduces the first episode in the second half of the series, on the topic of employment, presented by Vera Slockman of the Department of Economics at Queens College, and Erma Writtenhouse of the New York State Department of Unemployment. Rearmament efforts requires more workers than ever before: what will the new defense program mean in terms of unemployment? What is to follow this boom?

Skilled vs. unskilled labor. Shortage of skilled labor, new ways of doing the same things. Unemployment rates will likely go up, despite the increase in demand for labor workers, but only temporarily, due to the demand for highly skilled workers.

An example of a man who does janitorial work because his area of skilled labor has become irrelevant: printing.

Concludes with a preview of the next episode and a commercial for Queens College.

Sponsored by Dr. Paul Klapper, President of Queens College. Produced by the Committee on Radio Education in cooperation with your Municipal Station.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69795
Municipal archives id: LT889


Vera Slockman and Erma Writtenhouse


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About Queens College Forum

A series in celebration of Queens College and public discourse.

Originally a series of eight broadcasts in celebration of the completion of the first four years of the college and its first commencement, these lectures continued for a number of years after that milestone (1941-48). Reaching beyond the student body, these lectures strive to help guide people in the intelligent formation of their opinion.

The first half of the series was prepared and presented by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Queens College and discusses particularly pressing difficulties of our time: race, delinquency, crime, public opinion formation, and future population policy. The second half of the series focuses on economic prospects in 1941: jobs, crisis, taxes, the consumer, and is presented by the Department of Economics of Queens College. 


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