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from giving out any information whatever on employment figures, because they had nothing but misinformation. That had been what had gotten President Hoover into trouble. He had accepted their figures as though they were correct. Any one week mad show more placements in an employment office, but it doesn't mean that unemployment is better. You have to take a broader view of it and you have to look at the number of empty jobs there are all over the country in order to know that.

So I issued an order that no releases, no publicity should be given out, except directly from the Secretary's office. Any division of the Department wishing to have a statement given out should send it to the Secretary's office where it would be cleared. It was for that that I expected to use Mr. Clark. As a matter of fact, I thought he should have done that long before, that he shouldn't have let these earlier releases go. He gave them out, as a matter of fact. He didn't care what happened.

He was may about this order when he saw it. It made him angry. Some newspaper man called him up that same day or the day after and said, “What about this? What's the news on this point? What's going on in the Department?” I don't remember what the subject he asked him about was, but it was utterly harmless. It was just a purely routine

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