LABOR: Taking Aim at Job Training

Through these doors pass the future automotive painters of the world. —Sign over a Los Angeles garage

THE words may not seem wildly ambitious, but to the ghetto blacks being trained inside the garage with money from the Labor Department, the sign symbolizes the hope of acquiring a marketable skill. In the past ten years, the Government has spent $19 billion to nurture that hope through job-training programs that at one time or another have enrolled more than 8,000,000 people. This fiscal year, Washington will pay $1.6 billion to companies, vocational schools and public and private agencies that contract to teach...

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