NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 02, 1976
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(Studio) Unemployment rate drops .1% to 7.5% in March. 7 million look for work; 86.7 million working.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Detroit, Michigan) CitY unemployment rate is 20%. With less taxes, city is running out of money. 1200 city workers laid off todaY; 400 firemen incld. [Laid-off fireman James PONTI - cites financial problems.] Wife finds job as waitress. All 27 of city's branch libraries being closed. Health Department closing clinics; free vision and hearing tests ended. [City health director, Dr. William OLEXTON - says city can't deliver services or increase revenues to gain funds. No positive response from federal or state govts.] 2000 city workers must be laid off by July. Mayor Coleman Young not sure how far Detroit can cut services and still be called a city.
REPORTER: Brian Ross
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