Gallaway, Lowell E.
April 1961
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Apr61, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p363
Academic Journal
For more than a decade in some instances, a substantial number of those communities classified as major labor-market areas struggled with relatively little success to lift their burden of heavy and chronic unemployment. There is now a consensus that federal assistance is necessary to solve this problem, but at this writing (January 1961) a national policy, and legislation to implement it, has not yet materialized. As the result of efforts initiated by President John F. Kennedy just before his inauguration, a legislative program of federal assistance may come into operation even before the publication of this issue of the Review. Whether such legislation will solve the problem of chronic unemployment in the "depressed areas" may depend on the degree to which the program is geared to alleviate the specific economic and fiscal problems which are analyzed in this article. Although the author argues that certain proposals for federal assistance can be helpful and should be encouraged, he contends that a broader legislative perspective, which would take account of some factors underlying the plight of the depressed areas, is also needed.


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