New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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FRIDAY July 8,1983 25 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 135
(USPS 377-8801Jobless rate continues steady decline
WASHINGTON (AP) - America’s civilian unemployment rate fell another notch, to 10.0 percent in June, continuing its gradual descent from the post-Depression peak of December, the government reported today. Still, more than ll million people remained on the roster of the jobless.
Although the decline was a minuscule 0.1 percentage point — a fraction considered statistically insignificant by many analysts — it came as competition for available work intensified. The Labor Department said that nearly 1.2 million people resumed the search for work last month.
The overall unemployment rate, combining the civilian labor force with the constant roughly 1.07 million-member U.S.-stationed military force, declined from 10.0 in May to 9.1 percent in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.
Many private and government analysts have for months voiced fears that any sudden surge in the number of job-seekers would flood the labor market with applicants for work before businesses were willing to resume large-scale hiring, thus pushing the unemployment rate back up again.
But that did not happen in June.
In fact, a separate survey of
business payrolls, which is not used in the unemployment rate computation, showed that 390,000 jobs were created last month as the economy continued to rebound from the prolonged recession, which sent joblessness to 10.1 percent in December.
Since then, the rate has dropped 0.1 percentage points, and more than
1,100,000 jobs have been created, replacing about half those lost during the recession.
Total civilian unemployment in June stood at 11,146,000, some 46,000 fewer than in May and well below the 12 million of December.
June's IO 0 percent civilian unemployemnt rate was the lowest
since joblessness stood at 9 9 percent last August.
In another sign of the improving labor market, the bureau's report showed that the ranks of
“discouraged workers" has shrunk by
140,000 since the first of 1963, although Macks and women continue to make up a high proportion of the 1.7 million Americans who remain classified as discouraged because they have abandoned the search for work.
The grand total of Americans who had jobs in the civilian economy in June eclipsed the IOO million mark — rising from 99,957,000 to 100,796.000. an increase of about 1.2 million.
But that was offset in large part by
a seasonally adjusted 1.2 million increase in the number of people seeking work, which was “substantially more than expected’’ and was the largest May-to-June gain ever, the report said.
Besides the re-entry into the labor force by many previously “discouraged workers." there was a huge influx of high school and college graduates.
In raw figures, those not adjusted for seasonal variations, the number of job seekers swelled by 3.1 million
Because school closings are a normal occurrence, the government adjusts the employment figures each June to reflect that predictable
development so that the normal labor force expansion due to graduation will not distort the actual health of the job market.
The unemployment rate is based on the Census Bureau's Current
Population Survey of some 50.000 randomly selected U.S. households. Government surveyors ask respondents to say how many people in the household are working, are unemployed, are out of work and not seeking a job, and so forth, and to give the reasons
Within the various population groups, unemployment among teen-
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Lake residents object to park
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
County Commissioners sympathized with residents' complaints about a recreational park in their Canyon lake subdivision, but said they really didn’t have the authority to do much about it.
Developers of laguna Park Recreational Development said, however, that they wanted to be good neighbors to the residential property owners at Canyon Lake Villas.
Each group told its own story about what was really going on in this development, located in Comm-missioner Bill George's Precinct 4. Their accounts differed on some crucial points But when they left the courtroom Thursday, after almost an hour of public discussion, they seemed to be getting along better than they were when they came in.
County Judge Fred Clark found himself acting more or less as mediator to a dispute which didn t really Involve him.
"We’re amazed that the homeowners haven't come and talked to us about their grievances, ’ said G.H. Oldenburg)!, who heads the association that owns Laguna Park.
Residents, represented by R.E. “Boonie” Disque and Sam and Dorothy Dixon, complained of loud music, camping below the lake's flood level and inadequate sanitation facilities. Above all. they contended
that use of Villas property for such purposes was prohibited by the subdivision's deed restrictions.
Clark said if that was true, then it was a matter to be settled in a court of law. “One of the problems of county government is that we have no ordinance-making powers,’’ he explained. “We cannot say that a given area can be used for trailer homes, a given area can be used for park facilities... like you see in a city."
What a city does with zoning laws, a developer can partially do with deed restrictions, Clark told Mrs. Dixon. But it’s up to the property owners to see that they're enforced, which usually means taking violators to court.
Commissioners did find one legitimate complaint. The Laguna Park guardhouse did turn out to be situated on the county road right-of-way, as residents said. Oldenburg!) reported it had been moved Thursday morning. The adjoining fence, he said, will be moved as soon as he can find a crew to do it.
Ben Loibem, a full-time traveling camper who came with Oldenburg)! to Thursday’s meeting, said laguna Park didn t want to be a nuisance to its neighbors laibem owns a membership in the stiil-developing camping area, which will be a private facility limited to members only. Loibem pointed out
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Tom Loeffier addresses the crowd at Honors Hall Thursday morning
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County eyes policy on deputies'cars
The question of county-supplied vehicles versus mileage allowance came up again in Commissioners Coml Thursday, this time in the form of a request from Precinct 2 Constable Kermit Vetter.
Vetter asked about a car for his deputy, who, he says, travels 900 miles each month on county business.
Sheriff Walter Fellers is getting ready to replace some patrol units, which might leave some spare vehicles available for the constables' departments. But commissioners decided Vetter’s request should be studied from a broader point of view.
As Precinct 3 Commissioner Tart Mund pointed out, “lf we do this, (Pct. 4 Constable James) Ivy’s man is going to come in and want a car."
“What you’re actually asking us to do is begin providing vehicles for deputy constables, rather than a mileage allowance,’’ said County Judge Fred Clark. “You’re
suggesting a policy change, and I think that's the way the commissioners court ought to look at it.”
The present “policy” is not too welldefined. As Vetter pointed out, the county is now providing two cars for the constabulary force in Precinct I.
“That’s because of River Road," pointed out Jumbo Evans, commissioner for that precinct “We could use more help up there if we could get it.
lf not turned over to the constables, the sheriff’s discarded vehicles would be kept as “spares” or sold as surplus property. If they were turned over, however, they would all have to be equipped with lights and radios, since the sheriff's office would remove that equipment for installation in the new cars. »
In other matters, Jess Earner, a risk consultant for Comal County's
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Loeffier—'84 election key to economic plan
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Loeffier emphasized the economy and Centra! America
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The 1994 presidential election is perhaps even more critical to this nation s economy than the 1900 election, U.S Congressman Tom laeffler said Thursday.
Our ability to move forward depends on the 1964 election," said Lueffler R-Hunti during swing through Comal County To keep the economy strong. President Reagan's “leadership is still needed ”
Whether or not Reagan plans to seek re-election is still a big question mark to everyone — including loeffier, who was in town Thursday to meet with constituents But despite Reagan's personal plans for 1994, Loeffier is concerned aith what effect the presidential election might have on Congress itself, which right now is quite liberal — much to l^oeffler s dismay.
Basically we'U see the status quo hold ’ in terms of Congressional action over the next two years, said Loeffier one of the president s staunchest supporters on fiscal matters “We wont move forward but nor will we turn hack the clock in terms of high spending or high taxation,"
But despite Congress’ current liberal attitude toward higher spending or taxation it won t happen.'’ loeffier told an audience consisting of approximately 40 people at Honors Hail President Reagan’s “pencil is sharp and he will veto any high taxation legislation " Ami Reagan has enough backing in Congress to sustain that veto.
Loeffier. whose vast 21st Congressional District includes Comal County, spent the day in this area to meet with his constituents to town-hail meetings He also met ut a c iosed-door session with Chamber of Commerce officials during lunch To aii his meetings, the congressman brought with him good news about the economy — which hr attributed to Reagan's economic programs Mixed in with his good news however, were laeffler s regrets over the budget resolution adopted last week by w hat he termed an extremely liberal Congress.
The resolution, which will serve as a budget guideline for Congress for 1994. 'thwarts everything we’ve done” to improve the economy, Ixjeffier said. referring to his own Republican party.
baffler s main objection to the compromise budget package was its calling for more taxes, more domestic spending and less military spending than was wanted by Reagan
it i the resolution) returns us to the high-spending, high-taxation policies of the past,’ said Ixjeffler chief GOF deputy whip in the VS House "I don’t believe any nation can tax itself into prosperity.
“We’re faced with a dilemma that a majority in Congress wish to roll back the clock " he added Despite his feelings about the liberal attitude of Congress Daffier did predict that 1993 would be a “relatively good year’ for interest rates and the rate of inflation
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Lake residents ask about post office, Corps
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
In Sadler for a town meeting Thursday, Congressman Tom Loeffier fielded the typical questions about drugs, the cost of living, deregulation of the telephone industry, federal aid to education, social security, and deficit spending.
However, some of those present raised questions on issues of interest to Canyon lake residents
As he had done in an earlier meeting in New Braunfels, Loeffier addressed the economy and Central
Amene*. then asked for questions from the audience He got them Area resident John Pierson said, “We need our own post office What should we do, Tom’” His question brought cheers from the audience In response Loeffier told the group, “I have worked to do my very best to get that going with no success Sometimes when respresenting you, I get a whole loaf, sometimes half and sometimes none I will continue to do everything in my power to get you a post office — don’t give up ’’
When posed questions regarding area parks and the Corps of
Engineers, I reifier* said he didnt have the answers but would look into specific matters for individuals “The Corps and I aren’t aa that great of terms right now, but I can’t stand losing.’* he remarked Barbara Hill rand a prepared question to Loeffier regarding the legality of the hydroelectrc plant the the Lower Colorado River Authority proposes for Canyon Dam “I don’t have any control here,” Loeffier said. “This is a state matter The people are the ultimate voice as to what does on in government, so stand up and be counted’’
Concessionary contracts at marinas on Canyon lake were the subject of another citizen ’s question One man in the audience said, If you don’t own a boat you can’t fish on Canyon lake," because public mannas have no fishing dock fac ilities “I can’t answer that one specifically,” Loeffier said, promising to get more information Clad rn his usual attire of boots and western hat, Loeffier told the audience which nearly filled the hall, that "my wife and I are doingSec LAKE, Page SA