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We need to know what are the best jobs for which we can train young people so that the jobs will be available in growing numbers, are not dead end jobs, the jobs will not be obsoleted by automation, and there are no artificial ethnic or racial barriers to employment. Your Bureau of Labor Statistics has been working on this for 8 weeks now, and you come with your staff and say that you do not have sufficient data to make this judgment. Well if there were sufficient data, we could apply it and make the decisions without you. The reason we need your expertise is that your intuition and experience should enable you to make a better guess with the insufficient information than we would make who have no experience.

The Labor Department never would commit to a recommendation. The Job Corps leadership examined the insufficient data and made their best guess which for the most part turned out to be right as the Job Corps was the most effective youth job training program in the history of the country. It and Head Start were the only two of the anti-poverty programs that were still operational into the 21st century. Supreme Court Justice Learned Hand expressed the same idea more generally in {482001}.

Adam Yarmolinsky, 1922- 2000, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Democrat), Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity—The War on Poverty Program Office, Statement to Dr. Sol Swerdloff, Director of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Job Corps Conference Room, August 1964

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  • Born: November 17, 1922
  • Died: January 5, 2000
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Lawyer

Adam Yarmolinsky was an American academic, educator and author, as well as a political appointee who served in numerous capacities in the Kennedy, Johnson and Carter administrations.

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