CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 24, 1977
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(Studio) Youth unemployment grew worse last month Today, organization close to problem releases findings of new study.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Statistics on teenage unemployment cited. (Film of near-riot over youth jobs in New York City this summer shown.) Vocational Fndtn., Incorporated, has been working on problem for years New study by VFI indicates situation for teen employment gets worse and that society has placed obstacles in way of youths seeking work; it says own taped interviews with jobless youths point to dangers of unemployment. [YOUTH - cites experience in being sent from one government agency to another.] [2nd YOUTH - notes that after while, unemployed youth will turn to crime to get money.] VFI has classes in reading, grammer, arithmetic, and other skills needed to get jobs. Study says artificial barriers making it harder for youths to get jobs must be removed; proposals along these lines listed. Because of present rules and laws with regard to employment, plus basic discrimination due to age, race or possible arrest record, some teenagers have become almost unemployable. VFI helps train young people in good rules for job seekers. [MAN - tells class incorrect way to dress and act for interview.] [Job seeker Robert RUCH - says school helps because it makes youth want to learn and gives encouragement.] VFI cnslrs. challenge idea that many of these young people don't want to work. [Cnslr. Julia GOGGIN - notes it takes lot of courage for young person to look for job.] [VFI executive director George CARSON - notes society supports such people either by providing jobs allowing them to be productive members of community, supports them as victims, or as wards in institutions. Jobs are cheaper than prisons.] Charles Guerrero 1st found job through VFI; now works in Atlanta office of ntl. firm of consulting engineers. [GUERRERO - is now chief draftsman, has been with company 6 years and sees self moving up.] No. of jobless young people is incring., however, and orgs. like VFI can barely keep up. Situation expected to get worse if nation doesn't come to grips with it.
REPORTER: David Culhane (VFI tape)
5:47:40 "CARTER "/ "VETERANS DAY "/ "NTL. CEMETERY "/ "Vietnam VETS"
(Studio) president Carter leads Veterans Day services and pays particular tribute to Vietnam vets.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Arlington National Cemetery) Report on ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and Carter's remarks. [CARTER - notes son Jack served in Vietnam, and that unlike self and others who came back as something of heroes from World War II, son came back unappreciated from Vietnam war. Thinks there's special debt of gratitude due those who served in Vietnam.] Remarks seem designed to counter criticism of administration by Vietnam vets that it hasn't done much to correct inequities in current vets educational programs and that vets job program has failed.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer