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Number of Unemployed in Palestine Reduced; 965 Get Work in January

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

In the month of January 965 Jewish unemployed were given work in various parts of the country, including 325 in afforestation work, 495 in road construction and repair aid 130 in the old colonies; 575 of these workmen are from Tel Aviv, the remainder coming from Haifa, Afule and Tiberias.

With the means of the Keren Hayesod the following works have been undertaken: Reciamation of urban plots at Bet Hakerem in Jerusalem, employing 100 men and involving an expenditure of £ 1,469; amelioration works in the new commercial centre in Jerusalem employing 50 men, with an expenditure of £ 2,000; road construction in the commercial centre of Jerusalem, employing 40 men, at a cost of £ 2,100; construction of main road in Bait Vegan, a new surburban quarter near Jerusalem, employing 90 men at a cost of £ 2,000.

In addition loans were granted from Keren Hayesod monies to the amount of £7,275 for constructive works to employ 230 workmen. This amount includes the sum of £3,975 lent to the Jewish National Fund to expedite water installation in Kiriath Anavim and Ataroth, agricultural settlements near Jerusalem maintained by the Keren Hayesod on Jewish National Fund land.

In addition, a contract is being concluded with the Public Works Department of the Government under which another 300 or 350 unemployed from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv will be engaged in road construction in the vicimity of Jericho. In Jerusalem 60 workmen-half of them Jews-are being employed in repairing the High Commissioner’s residence.

The erection of the Tel Aviv Health Centre, for which Nathan Straus gave £12,000, is commencing this month and will also aid in relieving unemployment.

The Palestine Zionist Executive is exploring various methods for the abolition of unemployment and a plan of works is under consideration which will absorb all but 300 of the unemployed in Tel Aviv, thus permitting the cessation of the dole. This plan will necessitate a loan of £15,000 on the part the Government and some £35,000 from the Palestine Zionist Executive.

$25,000 was pedged to be raised in the campaign of the Yeshiva College Building Fund in Passaic, at a meeting of the campaign committee at the office of the Hobart Trust Company.

Harry W. Weinberger, vice-president of the Jersey State Campaign Committee and chairam for Passaic, presided, $10,000 was raised at the meeting.

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