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SAT® Subject Test in U.S. History

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Unemployment, 1929-1943

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Graph showing US Unemployment. Digital image. Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2016.

Which of the following best explains the change indicated on the chart above between 1940 and 1942?

A

The creation of nearly 8.5 million jobs due to the creation of The Works Progress Administration.

B

Increased defense spending by the Federal government.

C

Increased exports due to a lowering of tariffs caused more factories to re-open.

D

The Great Depression was finally ending after nearly ten years of economic stagnation.

E

Banks extended more credit to fledgling industries, which allowed them to hire more employees.