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July 23, 1949


JAMA. 1949;140(12):1048-1050. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.82900470017021

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The Development of Unemployment Insurance in the South. By W. R. Curtis. South. Econ. J. 15:43-53 (July) 1948.

This article attempts to evaluate the present social security measures with a view to determining the advisability of suggested changes.

A Wisconsin unemployment insurance law was passed in 1932; the Social Security Act was passed in 1935. In the South evidences of public interest prior to this time are lacking.

The Southern states were forced to accept enactment of state laws by the provision that they could offset state tax against the national tax up to 90 per cent of the federal levy by so doing. Although the Southern states are to be commended in this step, their coverage, amounts of benefits and conditions of eligibility have increased less rapidly than in other states. Coverage is one third in comparison with one half in the other states, largely because of the agricultural

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