photo from: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection
At the time Dorthea Lange took this photograph around 1938, people were eligible for $6-$16 dollars per week for up to 16 weeks. Nearly 10 million people were out of work. With population at the time around 130 million – that is about an 8% unemployment rate. The August 2008 U.S. unemployment rate increased to 6.1%.
Search over 165,000 BW and color photos from the Great Depression in the Library of Congress archives. Bit of irony that the collection is so close to the bailout debate.
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