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This report presents the occupational and industrial trends over the 70-year period from 1870 to 1940–a period during which the U.S. changed from a predominantly agricultural nation to a highly industrialized urban nation.

Part I.–Comparative occupation and industry statistics, 1930 and 1940

Part II.–Comparative occupation statistics, 1870 - 1930

Part III.–A social-economic grouping of the nation’s labor force, 1910 - 1940

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A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

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