ERIC Number: ED043445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Papago Reservation Manpower Resources; Indian Manpower Resources in the Southwest. A Pilot Study.
Taylor, Benjamin J.; O'Connor, Dennis J.
Employment other than farming or ranching is very limited on the Papago Reservation, and most Papagos do not possess the skills needed for off-reservation employment. In a survey of 382 Papagos (females and males), only 27% of the Indians aged 16 and over considered work a major activity in 1967-68. It is noted that 73% of the Indians spoke Papago in the home and that the average of 8 years of formal education also limited English-speaking ability. Low educational attainment and lack of English language skills made it difficult for the Papago to compete for the jobs existing in the area. The male labor force reached a peak in the 30-39 age group, with a decline starting after age 40. Withdrawal from the labor force among women was greatest in the 30-39 age group. Some 38% of the Papagos of working age listed family responsibilities as their reason for not seeking off-reservation employment, while the reservation had an unemployment rate 3 times greater than the rest of Arizona's unemployment rate. Income was low, with 92% of the individuals receiving less than $3000 per year. Some 85% of the families, which averaged 6 members, received under $5000 annually. Since 64% of the families did not own cars, transportation presented another problem for the unemployed seeking employment off the reservation. (LS)
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. U.S. Employment Service.; Arizona State Employment Service, Phoenix.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Coll. of Business Administration.