Back in 1946: local jobs are scarce, schooling is record


This look back at the history of Paso Robles comes from the local newspapers in the collection of the Paso Robles Area Historical Society. News in this column is curated with the help of Company Vice President Nancy Tweedie and Research Director Jan Cannon.

Extracts from the Paso Robles Journal, Wednesday December 11, 1946.

Jobs are scarce in Paso Robles, according to director of the employment office

– Over the past six months, jobs have gradually become scarce, according to Mr. W. Fowler, director of the local California State Employment Service office.

The jobs available are not enough to cope with the growing immigrant population, he said.

Click here to read the full front page of the Wednesday, December 11, 1946, issue of the Paso Robles Journal.

The following figures, taken from local files, show a very clear trend towards a surplus of local labor.

  • The total number of placements in November 1946 was 83 compared to 190 in November 1945.
  • Short-term placements were 29 in November 1946 and 7 in November 1945.
  • The new candidates were 88 in November 1946 and 32 for 1945.
  • The total number of candidates was 306 in November 1946 and 108 in 1945.

Forty-six percent of current applicants are recently from other states; 53% are veterans; 31% are non-veteran men and 16% are women.

Growth of the city seen in primary school classes

Paso Robles’ continued growth can be seen in the new primary school enrollment record, according to figures released by Principal Glen Speck.

This year, 956 students are enrolled, surpassing last year’s previous record by five, with a kindergarten waiting list. Last year the season opened with just 880 registrants.

There are plans to open another freshman drink after the first of the year, if a teacher is available, Speck said.

Enrollment in high school remains the same as last year, according to Nicholas Nugent, principal, with 407 students.

Sixty-six buildings in Roberts for sale

Sealed offers will be received until January 17 from the public

Sixty-six surplus buildings at Camp Roberts will be put up for sale through sealed offers to be received until Jan. 17, according to an announcement from Captain EF Pfister of the headquarters security department at the camp.

The official announcement gives the following details:

  1. The buildings will be presented using the group visit method. No individual inspection will be carried out.
  2. A daily visit will be made from 9:00 am to gate n ° 7 from December 17 to January 16, 1947. No inspection can be made on Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays.
  3. Sealed offers will be received until 10:00 a.m., January 17, 1947, and then opened to the public at 350 California Street, San Francisco, California, for sale and removal of the affected buildings. The sale is open to the general public. Submission forms can be obtained from the United States Division Engineer, 351 California Street, San Francisco, Calif., Or Post Engineers at Camp Roberts, Calif.

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About the Author: Journalist Jackie Iddings

Jackie Iddings is a journalist and contributing photographer for the Paso Robles Daily News.


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