Wartime Changes in the Cost of Living

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Richard M. Boeckel, Editor

Changes in the Cost of Living Since August, 1939

Latest official figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the cost of living for moderate income urban families has not yet been seriously affected by the defense program. The Bureau's index number, based on the cost of goods purchased by wage earners and lower-salaried workers in 34 large cities, with the 1935–39 average as 100, stood at 101.2 on March 15. On June 15, 1939, before the war started, the index was 98.6, and by ...

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