RELIEF: Unemployables

In the first ten months of 1934. announced FER Administrator Harry Hopkins last week. States and communities spent $323,890,560 for relief—28.3%, more than in the same period in 1933. Simultaneously Administrator Hopkins moved to shift a still bigger share of the relief burden to their shoulders. Beginning Feb. 1, all "unemployables" will be transferred from Federal to State and community relief rolls.

The Hopkins definition of unemployables is "all chronic dependents," including the aged, the sick, the crippled, the insane, widows. They constitute about 20%, of the 19,000,000 persons now on relief. But...

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