Wages in the United States, 1908-1910: A Study of State and Federal Wage Statistics

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CHAPTER X
WAGES IN THE UNITED STATES (1908-1910)

I. UNEMPLOYMENT AS A MODIFYING FACTOR

There is a real demand for facts regarding wages in the United States, -- a demand based on the necessity of discussing the Standard of Living, the Cost of Living and other like problems from a fact basis. The material for a study of wage facts is, however, meagre. There are a few States which publish classified wage statistics; four special wage investigations have been made in recent years; and in addition to these reliable sources of information, several State and Federal reports print statistics of average wages. With the exception of this limited source of material, there are no data on current wages in the United States, consequently, while conclusions may justly be drawn from the localities which publish the data, the statements of wages in the United States at large must be based on inferences alone.

The value of these inferences is, however,

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