What Does the Defense Program Mean in Terms of Employment?

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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


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