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Page Three

Unemployment up in July

WASHINGTON WP)-An unusually large
number of Americans went job hunting
in July, swelling the ranks of workers
but also pushing the unemployment rate
up to 7. per cent, the government re-
ported yesterday.
The increase in unemployment was the
second in two months, coming after job-
less rates of 7.5 per cent in June and 7.3
per cent in May.
ADMINISTRATION economists saw no
cause for alarm, but AFL-CIO President
George Meany said the increases justify
turning President Ford out of office.
The Labor Department said total un-
employment increased by some 400,000
to a record 87.9 million persons in July.
But the number of individuals who un-
successfully sought work climbed by
280,000 to 7.4 million.
The 7.8 per cent unemssployment rate
Today a delegate,
tomorrow . .?
Daily Co-Editor Tim Schick got a good
laugh when his two roommates told him
that they had written his name in for
the fourth precinct delegate to the coun-
ty Democratic convention. But they
laughed even harder when Tin won! He
called the Countv Clerk's office to see
who won, and Tim was informed that
his two write-in votes were the only
ones cast. Kudos, Tim.
Dunn to run
University Regent Gerald Dunn said
yesterday he will be a candidate for re-
election this fall. Dunn, a Democrat,
was elected to the board in 1968. A f6r-
mer state senator from Flint, he cur-
rently is a lobbyist for suburban Detroit
schools. The 41-year-old Dunn said ade-
quate funding is one of the most press-
ing problems for the University. "The
federal government and the state must
assume a greater share than they have
been doing," he said. "Out of necessity,-
students have had to pick up a much
greater share of the total cost than
what is reasonable. "Tuition rates are
entirely too high and they must come
down, while at the same time the board
must continue its commitment to keep-
ing the University of Michigan truly
one of the great universities in the
world." The Democratic regent nomi-
nees will be chosen at the state con-
vention later this month.
- . - The Medieval Festival will take
place today and tomorrow on the banks
of the Music School pond from 10 a.m.
to dusk - Check it out . . Sunday's
discussion of "Christian Gifts and So-
cial ;justice" has been cancelled -..: If
you :like hiking and. swimming, then
meet the University Outing Club at the
North entrance of Rackham at 1:30 to-
day . .. there will be a juvenile law
workshop in Ozone House, Monday at
Weather or not
Bring out the picnic stufffs, and get
ready for the beach, because despite
yesterday's disappointing weather, the
weekend promises to be great. Highs
will be in the low s80's, atid lows in the
low 61's. Skies will be. sunny, and best
of all, NO R11I6N

will be the highest since an identical
percentage of workers was unemployed
in January. But since the labor force is
steadily growing, the actual number of
unemployed represented, the. greatest
number since 7.7 million persons were
unable to find employment last Decem-
THE LATEST increase would appear to
make it difficult for the administration
to achieve its forecast of reducing un-
employment to less than seven per cent
by the year's end. However, White House
Press Secretary Ron Nessen said ad-
ministration analysts believe the fore-

cast will hold up.
The overriding factor in the July re-
port apparently was the typical post-
recession phenomenon in which thou-
sands of persons who don't seek work
when the economy is in a tailspin begin
making the rounds of personnel offices.
John Kendrick, chief economist for the
Commerce Department, contrasted the
nearly 700,000-person increase in the job
force during July with an average gain
of about 200,000 in recent months.
BUT THERE were apparently some
other factors at work, Kendrick said,
not all of which are fully understood yet.

One question was raised by the fact that
over half of the 2.3-million-person growth
in the job force in the past year were
amosng adAlt women, even though they
make up just under a third of the total
work force.
In the past, the number of women
entering the job force has been a rough
indicator of how adly strapped family
budgets are. Analysts feel that factor is
probably still present to some degree in
the latest surge, but compotnded now
by more basic changes in women's role
in society.

AP Photo
Pallbearers carry the coffin of Rep. Jerry Litton yesterday in Litton's hometown of Chillicothe, Mo. Litton was killed
Tuesday in a plane crash the same night he won the state's Democratic senatorial primary.
Mo. town buries its Congressman

C1IIIItICOTE, Mo. (A - Little
went on here yesterday that was not
a part of the mourning for Rep. Jerry
Litton, a hometown boy who went to
Congress and was on his way to the
Senate before a plane crash claimed
his life the night he won the Demo-
cratic senatorial primary.
Light rain and overcast skies set
the mood as services were held for
Litton and five others who died in the
crash, including his family.
GOVERNMENT offices aud most
businesses in this northwest Missouri
town of 10,000 were closed.
Delegations fror Washington and
the state capital came for the funeral

of Litton, a risiig young star in Mis-
souri politics.
Litton, 39, was buried in a family
plot with his wife, Sharon, 38, and
their children, Scott, 12, and Linda,
13, who were also killed in the crash.
AN OVERFLOW crowd was antici-
pated at the United Methodist Church,
which had seats for about 1,500 in
various rooms linked by a public ad-
dress system.
More than a thousand people trrned
ot earlier in the day for the funerual
of Paul Rupp Jr., the pilot of the
plane and a prominent Chillicothe
businessman, and Rupp's son, Paul

Half the overttfuw crowd at St. Co-
tumisba's Cistholic Church for the
Rupp funeral stood outside in a light
rain with umbrellas or isder trees,
i11any of theis too tar away to hear
the service. A newsnsai said it was
the biggest funeral in Chillic Othe in
at least 20 years.
THE LITTON fasmily and the 1srpps
were killed' Tisessdfy night when
Rsupp's twia-engisse iteechraft Itaros
crashed and hurried on takeoff from
the Chillicothe airport. They were on
their way to a victliry pusty in Kansas
City lt celebrsste Litton's nssmsinslrsin.
See TOWN, Page 4

Regents OK new 'U' budget

The University Board of Regents yes-
terday approved a $400 million operating
budget for the 1976-77 school year.
The budget totals $412,015,186, up from
$385,417,941 in 1975-76.
OF THAT AMOUNT, $392,581,390 will
go towards operating the Ann Arbor
campus, an increase of 6.6 per cent over
last year's amount, Wilbur Pierpont,
University vice president and chief fi-
nancial officer, noted that the national
inflation rate during that period was
seven per cent.

Unsverity President Robben Fleming
told the Regents in April that realloca-
tions of part of the Ann Arbor funds
would have to be made in order to
baliance the financially-plagued 1976-77
budget. Tuition hikes, averaging nine to
ten per cent, were approved to produce
an estimated $5 million in additional
Budget cuts totalling $5 million were
also necessitated. The additional reve-
nue now available will be used to cover
student financial aid, a staff compensa-

tion of five per Cest, inreases in utility
costs and irogram inmprovemens.
Pierpont said that although expendi-
tures will exceed estiniated revenues in
some parts of the budget, the amount
will be offset by savings during the
school year so that the University will
be able to run its operations "essentially
on a balanced budget basis" in the
coming year.
THE BUDGET adopted yesterday al-
locates $11,168,846 for the University's
See REGENTS, Page 4

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