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January 27, 2009


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"Of course, if you compare the two series it appears that between 1934 and 1941 WPA projects took 2 to 3.5 million workers off the unemployment roles, and shaved the rate by 4 to 7%."

I assume you mean percentage points and not %. Be precise; that makes a huge difference!

Philippa Dunne

You assume correctly. Thank you for pointing out the typo.

James Davies

Which Lebergott series is represented in this plot? Is it his original unemployment figures counting WPA workers as unemployed, or the revised figures counting them as government civilian workers?

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