Business: Jobless Muddle

Anger over $1.6 billion

Clarence Murphy, 35, a Michigan trucker who hauls cars for the auto industry and has been periodically out of work for much of this year as a result of the nationwide slowdown in car sales, had a question for Jimmy Carter at a campaign town meeting earlier this month in Flint. Why is it, he asked, that the Federal Government gives generous unemployment retraining and compensation benefits to autoworkers who lose their jobs because of rising imports, while other workers, like himself, who are being laid off because of the same auto-industry slump get nothing? Carter eventually invited...

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