75,000 Jews Helped by Jewish Vocational Service Agencies
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75,000 Jews Helped by Jewish Vocational Service Agencies

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During the calendar year 1953, 25 Jewish vocational service agencies located in the major cities of the United States and Canada, rendered vocational assistance, including job placement and vocational counseling to more than 75,000 individuals, it was reported here today by the Jewish Occupation Council.

These agencies, the report said, devoted the major part of the their job finding facilities to individuals, who because of physical handicaps, mental or emotional illnesses, retardation, age factors, found it difficult to make a satisfactory job adjustment. Suitable employment was obtained for 19,977, or approximately 45 percent of those who were considered employable. It is estimated that the combined gross annual earnings of these individuals for the first year, if they remain on the job, will be approximately $50,000,000.

About 10,000 of those who applied for assistance, ranging in age from 14-80, received individual vocational guidance services, including psychological testing. A high percentage of these were Jewish youth, who were helped toward the selection and able to proceed with their education were granted, or assisted, toward obtaining scholarships.

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