Two Shocks in Portland

A crew of 450 pollsters moved into the three Henry J. Kaiser-operated shipyards in the Portland (Ore.) area. In seven days, they sieved 81,881 workers through a series of questions designed to peg down their postwar plans, the first such big worker-by-worker poll in the U.S. Last week, Shipbuilder Kaiser, who footed the bill, the Portland Chamber of Commerce and the Maritime Commission, which helped poll, announced the statistical shocker: other than present employment, 86% of the workers have no postwar job in sight.

Of the two-thirds of the workers who have moved to Portland in the last three years, 25,960...