National Affairs: Neither White nor Black

The electronic innards of the Census Bureau's Univac computer whirred last week, and out popped an anxiously awaited seven-digit number: the U.S. Government's official mid-March unemployment total. In advance of the announcement this week, the precise figure was guarded like a missile blueprint. But word seeped out that the total showed no significant change from the mid-February level of 5,173,000. The hoped-for seasonal improvement was missing, but at least partly to blame for this disappointment was March's wintry weather, which delayed the spring thaw in farming and construction. Pointing to the adverse weather, some Administration economists argued that the neither-white-nor-black unemployment...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!