Recent Unemployment Rate Estimates for the 1920s and 1930s

  title={Recent Unemployment Rate Estimates for the 1920s and 1930s},
  author={Gene Smiley},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={487 - 493}
  • Gene Smiley
  • Published 1 June 1983
  • Economics, History
  • The Journal of Economic History
In the 1920s the U.S. government did not attempt to take comprehensive surveys of either the number unemployed or the size of the labor force. In the 1930s the government did make estimates of the number unemployed, but made no estimates of the size of the labor force so as to calculate unemployment rates. Some estimates of the rate of unemployment for the 1920s were constructed-see the unemployment rate estimates for Givens, Douglas, Carson, and Weintraub in Table 1-but these varied in their… 

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