A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 8, 1982

For the TIME correspondents who set out to bring the bare statistics on unemployment to life for this week's cover story, the job, oddly enough, was both easy and difficult. The easy part was finding sources to talk to; unemployed people usually have plenty of spare time. When Boston's John Yang telephoned to arrange an interview with a local parks department employee who had been laid off last April, the response was resigned: "Any time is fine. I've got nowhere to go." Says Yang: "That told me more about unemployment than any of the...

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