Unemployment In Pine Ridge During The Great Depression

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Now, more than a century later, Pine Ridge is an area of manifest paucity, ranking in the top five counties for the highest rates of poverty over the last 30 years. It suffers from persistently high levels of unemployment, more pronounced that those experienced across the U.S. during The Great Depression (Pickering and Mizushima, 2008: 16). The unemployment rates range from 70 to 85 percent over the last fifteen years. As a result of early governmental policies, fewer than 5 percent of households in Pine Ridge take part in agricultural production. Attempts to bring in factory work have also been ineffective. This has led to almost 50 percent of households receiving some form of public assistance (Pickering and Mushinski, 2001: 4).
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