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Looking at Mig's link unskilled workers in 1837 appears to have made 0.5-1 £ a month, mostly depending on gender. Minimum wage today for ages 21 and up is 6.19£ an hour, which comes to about a thousand pounds a month. So in hiring unskilled male labor for pulling a rock, for the same money you should get a thousand time more workers in the early 19th century then today.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Jan 1st, 2013 at 02:42:03 AM EST
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