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56 STAT. ] PROCLAMATIONS-APR. 13 , 1942 NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT WEEK 1953 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA April 13,1942 A PROCLAMATION2552] Annually for the past three years I have designated a National Employment of Employment Week, urging all people of the Nation to give particular erans of last World attention to the employment problem of older workers, and especially ar. of veterans of the last World War. It is fitting to remember, with respect to the latter, that these men who were in the ranks of America's military forces in 1917 and 1918 not only can serve, but are vitally needed in the ranks of industry and agriculture today. They had something to give in youth and valor then; they have something to give in experience and skill today. There is a place for these men and other workers past forty in the oPlaceinwar prduc- gigantic war production program in which we are engaged. There is a place for them in jobs for which they are already fitted, and there is a place for them in job-training courses designed to build up the skills of the Nation's manpower. While employment in many industries not essential to the prosecution of the war will be diminished, it is also true that as the war program accelerates, many Americans not now regularly employed will be called upon to take an active part in pro- duction vital to the war effort. Yet it is not on a basis of patriotism alone that employers are urged to open their doors to older workers, but on the basis of sound business sense as well, for it should not be forgotten that these older workers have qualifications that younger persons lack. Work experience, stability, and responsibility are assets we cannot afford to waste in this crisis. The United States Employment Service with its far-flung network Cooperation of em of full-time and part-time public employment offices has always made ployers. special efforts in behalf of workers past forty years of age. It is mak- ing them today. But it can be successful in placing men and women of middle years only to the extent that all employers cooperate, those in war industries, those in the manufacture or exchange of civilian goods, those in food production. While inviting the attention of private indus- Training of older try to the necessity for training and employing older men and women, o I am also hereby calling upon all Federal agencies taking part in the training of workers in various skills to intensity their training activi- ties for older workers in order that we may utilize our full manpower. NOW, THEREFORE, IN FURTHERANCE OF THIS PUR- Week beginning May 3, 1942 pro- POSE, I, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, President of the United claimed as Natlona States of America, do hereby proclaim the week beginning May 3, Endaye t May 3, 1942, as National Employment Week and Sunday, May 3, 1942, as 1942, proclaimed as National Employ- National Employment Sunday. I urge all churches, civic groups, ment Sunday. chambers of commerce, boards of trade, veterans organizations, in- dustry, labor, public-spirited citizens, the press and radio throughout the United States, to observe that week as National Employment Week to the end that our unemployed men and women over forty may be given the opportunity to take their place in and add their efforts to the war production program of the country. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States of America to be affixed. DONE at the City of Washington this 13 t h day of April in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-two and of the [SEAL] Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-sixth. FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT By the President: SUMNER WELLES Acting Secretary of State.