• Short Summary

    In Washington, November 11, Mr. Mitchell, Secretary of Labour, carried out a promise made last?

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    LV. Labour Office building
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    CU. Sign "Department of Labour"
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    LV. Mitchell out of building
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    CU. DITTO
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    CU. Hat-box
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    SV. Mitchell takes off cover
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    CU. Cutting cake
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    SV. Mitchell eating cake
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    LV. Mitchell holding cake
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    Film taken in Washington at 9 am this morning will not arrive in New York until 5.30 pm this evening - and this despite the fact the two cities are a little over one hours plane ride apart
    If I right make a quote....
    I'm sick of the transit in this glorious world - sic transit gloria mundi.....

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In Washington, November 11, Mr. Mitchell, Secretary of Labour, carried out a promise made last April when nobody expected a 120-day steel strike, that he would "eat his hat" if unemployment in October was over three million.

    The October estimate, published by the Labour Department was 3,270.000. The total of employed was estimated as 66,800,000.

    The "hat" which Mr. Mitchell ate was a cake, shaped like a hat, of a kind often baked for Father's Day. Mr. Mitchell had been careful to order it from a union bakery. He nibbled a slice in front of the Labour Department building.

    "If there had been no steel strike unemployment would have been well below three million, and employment would have risen high above the 67 million mark," Mr. Mitchell declared and took another nibble at the hat. To emphasise the responsibility of the steel strike for the unemployment figure Mr. Mitchell cut a slice of "hat" for the president of the steel workers union, and the chief steel management negotiator.

    The 500,000 steel strikers were not included in the unemployed total since the definition of an unemployed worker is one actively seeking a job. But 300,000 workers in other industries were thrown out of work in October through lack of steel.

    Last Wednesday the figure climber to 500,000. Now that steel mills are getting into production again as a result of the 80-day back to work injunction, the situation should improve. But if the strike is resumed the unemployment total will start climbing again.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACALVKUS4PT6N0DN3XBTGPNMPN
    Media URN:
    VLVACALVKUS4PT6N0DN3XBTGPNMPN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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