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PREDOMINANT PRICES PAID BY WORKING CLASSES, FEBRUARY, 1909, IN SPECIFIED

TOWNS OF THE UNITED STATES--Continued.

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TOWNS OF THE UNITED STATES-Continued.

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TOWNS OF THE UNITED STATES-Continued.

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TOWNS OF THE UNITED STATES—Continued.

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TOWNS OF THE UNITED STATES-Concluded.

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The prices of the principal articles of food consumption, like bread, flour, meat, potatoes, and sugar, do not vary greatly as between one city and another. With a view to obtaining for each of the cities a general indication of the retail prices of food there as compared with the other cities, a series of index numbers was constructed, the level of prices in New York City being taken as the base, or 100. In order to allow for the varying importance of the different articles as judged by the normal weekly consumption by a wage-earning family, recourse was had to “weighting,” and for this purpose average quantities were ascertained from the budgets of American-British (including American, Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, and Canadian) families secured in the northern cities as being the group most suitable for international comparison. The commodities selected were those most generally consumed and at the same time most easily measur

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