Exco 212 Week 3 Essay

Submitted By amkitchen
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One of the most dramatic examples of historical labor supply and demand in the United States is the event in the 1930’s called the Great Depression. During this time the United States went through a dramatic economic crisis that caused the stock market to crash, followed with what could only be referred to as a total economic meltdown. People that were heavily invested in the stock market lost billions of dollars collectively, some even turning to suicide. The demand for goods and services dropped and as a result there was a lot of good and services and very few people that were willing or able to buy those goods or services.

Generally this would result in people having cash being willing to buy more and, since there was such a large availability of goods and services, prices would decrease causing people to invest their money in those goods and services. Unfortunately just the opposite happened.

People weren't able to find jobs because there were so many goods and they were no longer needed to replace goods that were being sold. Services became cheap and there were more people to provide those services than necessary. Imagine looking for a housekeeper during the Depression. You have one job that pays very little and occupies someone for only 3 days a week. You put an ad in the paper and before you know it there are 100 people lined up, women, children, men of all ages. In another couple of hours there are 200, such was the overwhelming sheer humanity during the Depression.

Since jobs were scarce people didn’t have any money to spend, or they were afraid to spend what little they had. Each industry affected the next and pretty soon industries began to fail. With inflated inventories there was no need and no desire to produce more, businesses were losing due to the loss of income and no longer borrowed from the banks. A large number of industries suffered great losses in numbers.

Banks had money to lend but no one to borrow, so even