LABOR: Shortage Ahead

> New York State reported last week that WPA relief rolls had dropped from a high of 717,884 in December 1935 to 262,232 last October.

> In Connecticut, where standard qualifications for jobs as Santa Claus were "a jolly fellow, rotund, with a cherry-red nose (acquired by exposure to sunshine), twinkling eyes, and an extreme amount of durability when it comes to listening," the State Labor Department admitted that "at this point, however, the employment office would be willing to settle for an applicant who even approximates this description." Reason: war-boom labor shortage had reduced the supply of Santa Clauses to...

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