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Employment on the Rise?

Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins reports that the percent of jobless Americans has decreased for the first time in five years. It seems that jobs created by new Federal programs such as the Civil Works Administration and Public Works Administration are having a positive effect.

Unemployed
Number (millions) Percent
1929 1.4 3.0
1930 2.9 6.3
1931 7.0 16.5
1932 11.4 29.4
1933 11.9 30.5
1934 9.8 23.5

Source: Otis L. Graham, Jr. and Meghan Robinson Wander, Franklin D. Roosevelt: His Life and Times, New York, NY: Da Capo Press, Inc., 1985.