Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 23 of 263
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no public employment service in Texas participated in by the Federal
From August, 1933, through November, 1934, the National Re-employment
Service in Texas interviewed, classified and registered 647,995 unemployed
bona fide residents of the State, of whom 54,309 were veterans
with dependents. During the same period 520,315 were placed in gainful
employment on public works and in private industry, of which placements
63,964 were made of veterans with dependents. Many veterans were
placed more than one time-a practice fully consistent with the spirit of
The organization of the National Re-employment Service in Texas consists
of a State Re-employment Director and staff, whose central office
is located at Austin. The State is properly divided into 13 re-employment
districts, which have district re-employment managers at their head, and
these district headquarters are located respectively at El Paso, Brownsville,
Houston, Amarillo, Dallas, Tyler, San Antonio, Beaumont, Waco,
Fort Worth, Abilene, Red Bluff and Austin. The extent and location of
public works projects dictate the location of district offices as well as
the designation of districts. Within each district and under each district
manager local re-employment offices are spotted where such public works
projects can be best served. No individuals are allowed to register for
employment at any office except bona fide residents of the county or
section served by that office, and in no case is a non-resident of the
State of Texas permitted to register at any office in the State.
The benefits of the Wagner-Peyser Act would be continued in the
State of Texas, after June 30, 1935, if the State were to accept the
provisions of that Act and join the permanent Federal-State confederation.
Such acceptance would require an appropriation-or the making
available from other local sources-of at least 25%/ of the amount
allocated to this State by Congress, the maximum allocation being $142,410
per annum-25% of which is $35,602 annually. The amount appropriated
or made available by the State of Texas would be matched,
dollar for dollar, with Federal funds. However, if the above mentioned
provisions were to be accepted by Texas and made effective commencing
July 1, 1935, an additional $195,808 could be used by the Texas State
Employment Service at the direction of the Director of the United
States Employment Service, this amount having accumulated from
Federal funds to the credit of the State of Texas pending such acceptance.
An emergency appropriation of only $6,000 for the remaining
biennium (until August 31, 1935) is all that it would be necessary for
the Legislature to appropriate at this time.
On December 31, 1934, the National Re-employment Service in Texas
completed 17 months of operation. The benefits derived by the State
from these operations would be continued if the State were to accept
the provisions of the Act. Among these benefits are:
1. The prevention of transient labor generally-and particularly from
adjacent states-from taking work opportunities resulting from public
works performed in this State.
2. Removing public works from the realm of political spoils by referring
thereto workers on the basis of their qualifications alone to perform the
3. The trend being the establishment by outsiders of temporary resi
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Allred, James V. Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939, book, 1939; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3899/m1/23/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .