The Extent of Unemployment

Archive Report

Extent of Currnt Unemployment

Preliminary Censsus Figures on Unemployment

Interest in the unemployment situation in the United States—a matter of public concern and controversy since the President's Conference on Unemployment of 1921—heightens as the Bureau of the Census announces its preliminary figures from the returns of the 1930 count, as the index numbers of employment sink to lower levels for the months since the census was taken, as the American Federation of Labor prepares for its annual convention in Boston next month, and as the 1930 congressional elections approach.

While unemployment is now generally recognized as primarily a problem of industrial organization and while there is growing understanding of its main causes, adequate data as to its extent have up to now been lacking. The absence of ...

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