Unemployment, Public Works, and the 1976 Presidential Election Campaign

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., (M.ASCE), Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 10, Pg. 82-85

Document Type: Feature article


Unemployment remains near 8% despite recovery from the recent recession. One key reason is the exceptionally large number of women and youth seeking jobs. Those having most difficulty getting work are the unskilled, and those with general (as opposed to skill-related) educations. Among steps toward solution: send fewer youth to general-education colleges. Train more youth in skills needed by the marketplace; a notable school doing that is described. For the short term, public works projects are being expanded to employ those out of work. How effective such programs are at employing the unemployed, and at sparking recovery from recession, is analyzed. The federal government pays too little attention to the problems of the construction industry; the consequences of this are described.

Subject Headings: Employment | Federal government | Women | Colleges and universities | Infrastructure | Construction industry

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