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World War II: Home Front Statistics

By the Numbers

U.S. Military Bomber Aircraft built by American workers between 1941 and 1945: 49,123
... Fighter Aircraft: 63,933
... Cargo Aircraft: 14,710
... Total U.S. Military Aircraft: 127,7661
Ships produced by U.S. Maritime shipyards between 1939 and 1945: 5,7772

Percent of the American labor force unemployed in 1940: 14.6%
Percent of the American labor force unemployed in 1941: 9.9%
Percent of the American labor force unemployed in 1942: 4.7%
Percent of the American labor force unemployed in 1943: 1.9%
Percent of the American labor force unemployed in 1944: 1.2%
Percent of the American labor force unemployed in 1945: 1.9%3

Number of unionized working people in 1941: 10.5 million
Number of unionized working people in 1945: 14.75 million
Percent of the total non-agricultural workforce unionized in 1945: 35.5%, a record high!4

Percent growth of population in California between 1940 and 1945: 35.7%
... in Washington: 35.3%
... in Oregon: 18.2%
... in total in the West Coast: 33.7%5

Estimated number of African-Americans who moved out of the South in 1943: 700,000
Estimated number of African-Americans who moved to Los Angeles, California in 1943: 120,0006

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