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FDR's New Deal Statistics

By the Numbers

Population of the United States in 1930: 123 million
Population of the United States in 1940: 132 million1

Unemployment rate in 1929: 3.2%
Unemployment rate in 1932: 24.2%
Unemployment rate in 1935: 20.1%
Unemployment rate in 1937: 14.3%
Unemployment rate in 1939: 19.0%2

Highest annual unemployment rate ever recorded after World War II:
9.7%, in 19823
Unemployment rate in August 2007: 4.6%4

Percentage of non-agricultural workers in labor unions, 1930: 11.6%
Percentage of non-agricultural workers in labor unions, 1937: 22.6%
Percentage of non-agricultural workers in labor unions, 1945: 35.5%
Percentage of non-agricultural workers in labor unions, 1999: 13.9%5

United States GNP per capita in 1929: $847
United States GNP per capita in 1933: $442
United States GNP per capita in 1937: $701
United States GNP per capita in 1941: $9346

Number of bills sent to Congress by President Roosevelt during the First Hundred Days: 15
Number of those bills passed by Congress: 15

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