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Michigan jobless rate hits 14.5%
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DETROIT (AP)- The building
where Madonna Davis works has a dir-
ty brick facade with a sign reading
Employment Security Commission, but
job security often seems far away in the
The nation's jobless rate exceeded 10
percent yesterday for the first time sin-
ce the Great Depression, but double-
digit unemployment is no stranger to
the neighborhoods of Detroit.
The rate here went over 10 percent
exactly three years ago. As car sales
plunge ever further, the rate climbs
'Michigan Employment Security
Commission today reported the Sepi'
tember unadjusted employment rate in
Michigan unchanged from August at
14.5 percent with 684,000 out of work.
A year ago, the September jobless
rate was 10.7 percent, with 460,000 out of
'MESC Director S. Martin Taylor
blamed lack of growth in the
automobile industry and continued
weakness in the state's economy.
During normal times, he said, the
jobless rate would drop as the
automobile industry entered a new
Detroit's figures, which are several
weeks behind the federal ones, showed
an unemployment rate in August of 18.3
-Mrs. Davis processes unemployment
compensation claims at a Michigan
Employment Security Commission of-
Its doors swung open at 8:30 a.m.
sharp Friday for the start of another in
a seemingly endless chain of
desperately busy days at one of
Detroit's busiest unemployment of-
'Nearly 100 of Michigan's jobless
,cizens waited in serpentine lines in-
Hundreds of people wait in line in a suburban Detroit branch office of the Michigan Employment Security,
where double-digit inflation has been an accepted fact for over two years.
side a packed, smoke-filled room at the
"We try our hardest," says Mrs.
Davis, looking up from her cluttered
desk where she handles dozens of cases
"You know, sometimes we kid
around back here. but sometimes,
they, the unemployed, don't want to see
us laugh. But we have to do it. That's the
way we deal with pressure."
Mrs. Davis and the rest of the over-
worked staff tackled a mountain of
paperwork yesterday and processed 200
unemployment checks in little more
than an hour, office manager Maria
Ms. Woods said she cannot say exac-
tly how many people the office serves,
but she displayed seven file cabinets
that were full of applications from the
The office is on Michigan Avenue in a
blighted neighborhood near General
Motors Corp.'s Cadillac assembly
Michigan's jobless rate has been 10
percent or higher Since February 1980;
the city's cleared 10 percent in October
1979 and has stayed in double digits
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of women entering the labor force and
competing for available work.
-Statisticians also noted that figures
for the third quarter ending Sept. 3
showed that 59 percent of the unem-
ployed Americans were in households
in .which there as at leastoneother
NONETHELESS, the latest figures
produced post-war highs within several
individual population categories..
Treasury Secretary Donald Regan
said the administration's program has
set the stage "for an economic recovery
which will reduce the unemployment
rate and create real jobs," but declined
to predict when the jobless rate might
start down and saying further increases
Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan
called the fact 11 million cannot find
jobs "a social tragedy."
"OUR CONCERN is less with a
double-digit statistic than with the hardship
dship and frustration of every
American man and woman who is out of
work," he said.
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The jump in unemployment had been
anticipated but administration critics
sought to capitalize on the dramatic
impact of the highest rate since 1940.
Democratic National Chairman
Charles Manatt accused Reagan of
"total abdication of his responsibilities
as president."' House Speaker Thomas
O'Neill called for hearings before
Congress returns from its election
recess Nov. 29, and said Democratic
leaders will push emergency recovery
ABOUT 35 members of a Washington,
D.C. group that assists, the im-
proverished, demonstrated at the
Labor Department building, some
chaining themselves to a door.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy termed the
unemployment rate a "national
tragedy" - and the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce used exactly the same wor-
Kennedy blamed Reagan but the
chamber said Reagan had the right
"THE NATION'S work force is for-
tunate that the Reagan administration
is pursuing policies to curtail the growth
of federal spending and taxes," the
nation's largest business group said.
"In time, these policies will stimulate
economic activity and expansion in the
private sector, the only source of real,
Kennedy, recalling that Reagan had
asked the country to "stay the course,"
said the American people should "tell
the president that his administration
has flunked the course.''
Many of those seeking help at the of-
fice are what Mrs. Davis calls the "ex-
perienced unemployed ... from the Big
Three" -GM, Ford Motor Co. and
"They know about unemppyment,"
she said. "They're the easiest to deal
with. Sometimes it doesn't always
come off. Sometimes we get behind and
that person out there gets mad,
Nationally, the Big Three
automakers have 233,100 workers on
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the swift, independent growth that the
10-million-member Solidarity enjoyed.
IT WAS NOT clear how the vote af-
fects Lech Walesa, the Solidarity
national chairman who has been inter-
ned since martial law was declared.
Many other union leaders also
remained in internment, while others
have been released after signing
There were only a few dissenters
during the Sejm debate on the
bill,drawn up by the Communist Par-
ty's ruling Politburo.
"Like it or not, Solidarity became a
symbol of the post-August renewal and
we should revive its activities under
condition that it avoids political mat-
ters," said Janusz Zablocki, head of a
group of lay Catholic deputies suppor-
He was alluding to the Aug. 31, 1981
strike-ending accords in which the
government agreed to allow indepen-
dent trade unions. Solidarity, which had
its start in the Gdansk shipyards, grew
out of those accords.
The term "renewal" is applied to the
reforms it pushed through, such as
relaxed censorship, secret balloting in
Communist Party elections, and radio
broadcasts of Mass in this heavily
Roman Catholic nation.
DEPUTY EDMUND Osmanczyk,
equating Solidarity with the Polish
people, said, "It is not the nation that
has gone bad. It is the state." He com-
plained that workers had no say in
writing the legislation "and I will vote
against it. At present, the chances for
dialogue are perilously restricted."
Piotr Stefanski, deputy chairman of
the Communist-allied but moderate
Democratic Party, argued that
"Solidarity was an instrument in the
fight against our system."
The Communist Party Politburo had
ordered its 261 members in the Sejm to
support the law, and both the
Democratic Party with its 37 deputies
and the United Peasants' Party with its
113 deputies added their support.
Opposition apparently came from
among the 49 non-party deputies, in-
cluding members of the pro-
government Roman Catholic lay
groups Pax, Znak and the Christian
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Fire destroys Israeli church;
Jewish arsonists suspected
JERUSALEM - A Baptist church was destroyed by fire believed set by
Jewish zealots yesterday and its American-born pastor charged there was
some "condonement of fanaticism" by the Israeli government.
"Everything's gone. A house of worship founded 50 years ago was burned
down in an hour," Rev. Robert Lindsey, of Norman, Okla., said as he sur-
veyed the charred wreckage of his Narkis Street Baptist Church. The
building stood only 600 yards from Prime Minister Menachem Begin's of-
Begin issued a statement saying, "If it was arson ... committed by Jews,
then it is a malicious crime that must be condemned in the strongest terms."
Lindsey, 65, who has seen his church vandalized by Jewish anti-
missionary zealots at least twice since 1972, was not mollified by Begin's
Interest rates cut to 9.5%
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve Board is cutting its interest rate on
loans to banks and other depositors one-half point to 9.5 percent, the lowest
level in more than three years, the board said Friday.
In apparent response, at least one bank, Mellon Bank in Pisstburgh, im-
mediately lowered its prime lending rate from 13.5 percent to 12.75 percent,
the lowest among big banks, most of which went to 13 percent on Thursday.
The Fed announcement came amidgrowing reports that its governors will
continue to ease its once-tight grip on the nation's supply of money and
credit. And the new move will do nothing to quiet such reports.
By itself, a reduction in the discount rate wouldn't necessarily affect any
bank rates for corporate or individual customers. But it usually has a sub-
stantial effect since it lowers borrowing costs for banks and other financial
UAW rejects tentative
contract with Chrysler
DETROIT - Six more United Auto Workers locals buried the tentative
Chrysler Corp. contract in an avalanche of "no" votes and a top union of-
ficial said the pact is a "goner."
Rejection of the agreement coupled with a short strike could threaten the
no. three automaker's two-year journey from the brink of financial collapse,
industry analysts said.
Workers were angered by the lack of any immediate wage hike in the pact
which covers economic issues for a year and non-economic issues for two
years. It also ties pay raises to the company's future profitability and
restores cost-of-living allowances that workers conceded 18 months ago.
If the agreement fails to win worker approval, the UAW could resume
negotiations with Chrysler, or it could, with approval from its executive
board, order workers to accept the contract, an act sure to antagonize
The 54 Chrysler-UAW locals complete voting on the two-tier agreement
next Thursday but the pact was failing nationwide by more than a 2-to-1
Mexican crisis is subject
of Regan summit meeting
CORONADO, Calif.- President Reagan met with President-elect Miguel
de la Madrid yesterday to explore ways of helping Mexico solve its economic
crisis and exchange views on the growing conflict in Central America.
The major issue before the two leaders was Mexico's staggering
economic problems, which also are affecting border areas of the United
States dependent on substantial business from Mexican customers:
Facing a foreign debt of $81 million, the largest in the world, outgoing
President Jose Lopez Portillo has devalued the pso, imposed currency con-
trols and nationalized banks. Half the country's 20 million workers are
unemployed or under-employed and the oil-rich nation's economic growth
U.S. officials, who called yesterday's meeting exploratory, were also
looking for an indication of whether the Harvard-educated de la Madrid will
carry the policies of Lopez Portillo to the left or right. They clearly hoped for
moderation, especially on Central America.
Tennessee judge rules
'moment of silence' illegal
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A federal judge ruled yesterday that a 1982 Ten-
nessee law requiring a daily minute of silence in public schools is uncon-
stitutional because the Legislature's intent was to put prayer back in the
The law is similar to statutes before federal courts in Alabama and New
Mexico, said Jack Novik, assistant director of the American Civil Liberties
Union. The U.S, Supreme Court earlier this year struck down a Louisiana
law calling for prayer in the classroom.
The ACLU said all four state laws violated First Amendment guarantees
against establishment of religion.
The Tennessee law required each school day to begin with "a period of
silence, not to exceed one minute in duration... for meditation, or prayer or
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