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Wednesday, July 27, 1977

THE MICHIGAN DAItLY

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2,000 apply for 300 jobs in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - The crowd of 2,000 surged into a new
supermarket, hungry for work, not food. There were seven
applicants for each job.
"We're desperate," one black woman cried. "Desperate for
jobs."
"I NEED THIS JOB BAD," Bernard Meeks declared. "I've
been out of work for nearly five years."
This was Chicago's South Side on a day when 300 jobs, most
of them part-time and paying only $3.05 to $3.90 an hour, be-
came available.
"Tell President Carter that black people here are trying to
get a gig," declared one woman. "Gig" is a musician's word
for a job.
"THESE PEOPLE ARE JUST LOOKING for a job," said
Police Sgt. Lorenzo Chew. "They aren't breaking any laws. I
guess this shows what the unemployment situation is in this
community."
While the state says unemployment is only 4.3 per cent for
the Chicago metropolitan area, for the city itself it is 5.8 per
cent - and, the mayor's Office of Manpower says, the rate of
black unemployment in Chicago is 10 per cent.
Dennis McAvxoy, research director for the manpower office,
adds that the figures don't include those too discouraged to keep
on looking for work. .If they did, he said, black unemployment
here would be more like 20 per cent
CHICAGO IS ALSO NOT THE ONLY CITY with such a situ-
ation in the inner city.
When it was time to apply for summer jobs in New York
City earlier this year, thousands of youngsters lined up the night
before - at some spots 15 applicants for each job. In Los An-
geles, a handful of civil service openings also drew long lines
- and last year, one opening as an elevator mechanic's help-
er for Los Angeles drew 917 applicants.
In Chicago, an Urban League study of unemployment in
black neighborhoods blames much of the trouble on a loss of
manufacturing.
"THE CITY'S POPULATION and work force are increasing-
ly black and Latino. But the metropolitan area is losing employ-
ment, and it is primarily the central city where those jobs are
being lost," the study said.
2nd WHALE OF A WEEK
Todayut 1:00-2:35-
4:10-5:45-7:20 -9:00
All seats $1.25 till 5:00
THE MOST TERRIFYING BEAST IN THE SEA
6 1sI 4th GREAT WEEK
uToday s t1:00-3:40-
- 6:20-9:00 Open 1245
All seats $1.25 till 5:00
6th BIG WEEK
Today at 1:00-3:50-
6:40-9:30 Open 12:45
All seats $1.25 till 5:00
One of the Great Screen Romances of All Time
-N.Y. Daily News

SOME 2,000 JOB SEEKERS line up Monday around the parking lot of a Jewell food store be-
ing built on the south side of Chicago. They were waiting to apply for 300 jobs which will be
available when the store opens next month. Monday was the only day applications were to be
taken.

I

F1AD CANCER
AND I L VE&OMO

Gene Littler
It's possible to go into an annual checkup feeling terrific.
And come out knowing something's wrong. It happened to
me. The doctor found what I couldn't even feel .;. a little
lump under my arm. If I had put off the appointment for
one reason or another, I probably wouldn't be here today.
Because that little lump I couldn't feel was a melanoma, a
highly aggressive form of cancer that spreads very quickly.
It's curable-but only if found in time.
So when I tell you, "Get a checkup," you know it's from
my heart. It can save your life. I know. It saved mine.
Have a regular checkup.
It can saveyourlife.
American Cancer Society4
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