JOBS: Premium on Youth

The first of the old alphabet agencies set up to create jobs in the 1930s was F.D.R.'s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which in nine years sent 2.5 million young men to the nation's forests and parklands to cut trails, build fire towers, chop brush and plant nearly 2 billion trees. Last week President Carter proposed in effect to resurrect the CCC as part of a $1.8 billion program to put youths to work.

Of the 7.1 million Americans currently out of work, more than half are under age 24, according to Carter. Joblessness among 16-to 19-year-olds...

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