The Second Labour Government: Imperial Economic Relations, 1929–31
The two-year tenure of the second Labour Government (June 1929–August 1931) was haunted by the spectre of unemployment. The number of registered unemployed had steadily risen from 1,204,000 in March 1929 to 2,500,000 in December 1930. The American slump had intervened, choking off markets for British exports and aggravating the recession in the already depressed primary producing countries. Unemployment continued to rise in 1931, as the Government failed to deal with the slump.
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