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Response to Zalatix (Reply #30)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 04:37 PM

35. It would be nice if it were true, but it isn't true. WPA paid borderline wages.

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Summer pay scales in 1938 were: Skilled workers (69 hours per month) = $78.66, Semi-skilled workers (79 hours per month) = $62.40, Unskilled workers (107 hours per month) = $49.25. During the winter of 1938, approval for the rebuilding came from President Roosevelt for the necessary WPA money. New dam plans called for the construction to be just south of the original dam. Army Corp engineers worked 18 hours a day monitoring every step, which included spreading the dam out to absorb weight. In February 1941, the announcement was made that the county would become owner and maintainer of the park by the WPA.

...The WPA employed a maximum of 3.3 million in November 1938. Worker pay was based on three factors: the region of the country, the degree of urbanization, and the individual's skill. It varied from $19/month to $94/month. The goal was to pay the local prevailing wage, but limit the hours of work to 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week; the stated minimum being 30 hours a week, or 130 hours a month.







http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_Progress_Administration

I'm not going to do your homework for you, but you go to the new 1940 census--or even the 1930 census, and bounce average rents off those figures, then figure in a few bucks for heat, light, and oh--that pesky thing called FOOD--and clothes, and see how far those "living" wages stretched. You needed more than one wage earner in most domiciles, unless you were a single living in a rooming house, or taking in boarders.

If you have family still living who lived through those times, sit down with them and let them talk. It'll open your eyes.

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