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Economy / Unemployment #82925

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 04, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Drop in unemployment last month examined; unemployment since July 1981 graphed on screen. [Bureau of Labor Statistics spokesperson Dr. Janet NORWOOD - fears figs. are exaggerated.] Reality of statistics as related to actual number finding work explained; unemployment rates among blacks and Hispanics noted. [Senator Roger JEPSEN - doesn't think government program is necessary now.] [Economist Alan GREENSPAN - cautions against optimism.] Possible implications of January unemployment for economy recovery program considered.
REPORTER: Dan Cordtz

(DC) [President REAGAN - thinks unemployment decline reflects improved economy] His assessment of need for jobs legislature in light of figs. noted. [REAGAN - rejects call for tax increase] Pol. benefits for Reagan of today's economy figs. cited.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Atlanta, Georgia) Pickup in construction industry here examined. [Worker Gene FORD - recalls getting job as unemployment benefits ended.] [Contractor John WEILAND - predicts improved business] [WORKERS - hope for better economy situation.]
REPORTER: Jay Schadler

(Studio) Item recapped at end of broadcast

Cordtz, Dan;
Donaldson, Sam;
Reynolds, Frank;
Schadler, Jay

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