Cost of Living and Retail Prices of Food, Volume 903

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1904 - Cost and standard of living - 865 pages
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Page 696 - Of the remaining articles, constituting 57.46 per cent of the family expenditure, certain ones are, from their nature, affected only indirectly and in very slight degree by any rise or fall in prices. Such are payments on account of principal and interest of mortgage, taxes, property and life insurance, labor and other organization fees, religion, charity, books and newspapers, amusements and vacation, intoxicating liquors, and sickness and death. These together constituted 14.51 per cent of the...
Page 7 - June 13, 1888, and the provisions of the act of February 14, 1903, creating the Department of Commerce and Labor...
Page 97 - That the greater the income the smaller the percentage of outlay for subsistence. Second. That the percentage of outlay for clothing is approximately the same, whatever the income. Third. That the percentage for lodging or rent, and for fuel and lighting is invariably the same, whatever the income. Fourth. That as the income increases in amount the percentage of outlay for sundries becomes greater.
Page 86 - POVERTY. is, families having the husband at work ; a wife ; not more than five children and none over 14 years of age ; no dependent, boarder, lodger, or servant ; and expenditures for rent, fuel, lighting, food, clothing, and sundries.
Page 59 - ... most general statements of income : The total family income varied from $908.68 in Colorado to $420.03 in South Carolina. In eight states the income was above $800 per year, in twelve states between $700 and $800, in ten states between $600 and $700, in two states between $500 and $600, and in one state below $500. The largest average income per family from all sources in any of the geographical divisions was $883.39, reported for the Western states. In the North Atlantic states it was $755.49;...
Page 682 - LABOR. line, that fresh roasting and stewing beef was 13.7 per cent higher in 1903 than in 1890, etc. Of the 30 articles included in this investigation and shown in the preceding table the average price of 15 was higher and the average price of 15 was lower in 1903 than in 1902. Certain of the articles are related to each other in such a way as to make a comparison of the course of prices of such articles very interesting. These groups of related articles are shown in the table which follows: RELATIVE...
Page 691 - In the first column under each division is shown the simple average of the relative prices of the 30 articles, and in the second column under each division is shown the relative prices weighted according to the average consumption of the various articles of food in the workingmen's families investigated in the States included in the division.
Page 697 - The remaining classes of family expenditure, 24.18 per cent of all, consist of clothing 14.04 per cent, fuel and lighting 5.25 per cent, furniture and utensils 3.42 per cent, and tobacco 1.42 per cent. For these no retail prices covering a series of years are available, but it is probable that the advance of the retail prices was considerably less than the advance in wholesale prices, as the advance in the wholesale prices of 25 articles of food in 1903, as compared with 1896, was...
Page 697 - ... per cent, the figure given above as the increase in the cost of food as shown by this investigation. This assumes, of course, always the purchase of the same articles and the same quantities in years of low prices, low wages, and more or less irregular employment, and in years of higher prices, higher wages, and steady employment.

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