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Table 2 Top five industries in Chicago (1909) and Buenos Aires (1914)

From: Yet another tale of two cities: Buenos Aires and Chicago

  Total employment Share of total manufacturing employment (%) Share of total city population (%) Value added per worker (1914 US $) Capital per worker (1914 US $)
Top five industries in Chicago (by employment)
 Clothing, men’s, including shirts 38,370 10.75 1.85 $1191.50 $1023.20
 Foundry: and machine-shop products 36,868 10.33 1.78 $1426.24 $2625.67
 Priming and Publishing 33,439 9.37 1.61 $1702.41 $1513.60
 Slaughtering and meat packing 27,147 7.61 1.31 $1576.51 $4566.25
 Lumber and timber products 11,680 3.27 0.56 $1099.02 $1628.57
Top five industries in Buenos Aires (by employment)
 Dressing 35,731 23.93 2.26 $568 $763
 Metallurgy’ and related 16,243 10.88 1.03 $727 $1254
 Weaving, leathers, furs, fiber, yam and fabrics 9260 6.20 0.58 $665 $1201
 Bakeries 8500 5.69 0.54 $625 $516
 Printing press and lithographies 6644 4.45 0.42 $877 $1174
  1. (1) Chicago data from the 1910 Census of Manufacturers. (2) Buenos Aires Data from the Censo Nacional 1914