LABOR: Men at Work

WPA last week answered one of the biggest questions about unemployment. All through the Depression, while the nation struggled with the problem of unemployment, no one knew for sure at any given time how many unemployed there were in the U.S. WPA at last appeared to have this statistical disgrace licked. WPA computed the number of U.S. unemployed in July—5,600,000—announced it was able to make its surveys within the short space of two weeks.

Both A.F. of L. and C.I.O. statisticians were impressed. Best they had been able to do was make estimates which they admitted were unsatisfactory. Their method...

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