NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 17, 1975
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(Studio) gross national product drops in 1st. quarter of `75: biggest drop since Commerce Department began keeping records. Some economists believe figures indicate recession bottoming out. Unemployment expected to continue close to 9% for several mos. For many persons, public service jobs only thing standing between them and unemployment.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Chicago, Illinois) Chicago use of public service money discussed. James Echols, with wife and 6 children, out of work 7 mos. before being hired at Chicago recreation center Before public service job, Echols forced to borrow money from family and friends and apply for food stamps. [ECHOLS - says too many people without jobs forced to turn to crime to survive.] Mrs. Beatrice Richard now drives city bus; hopes to be kept on even if public service funds phased out. [Mrs. RICHARD - says future looks good as long as she has job.]
REPORTER: Rebecca Bell