Job Hunting in the 1930s- in pictures

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The Great Depression was a turbulent time for the world. It began in the United States and subsequently the Stock Market Crash plummeted its economy. It started in 1929 and ended towards the late 1930s. During this time there was a lack of job opportunities for people, leaving most of the population unemployed. The Great Depression officially started on a day called ‘Black Thursday’ resulting in rendering one in every four American jobless. This meant that there was a 25% unemployment rate in the country. Individuals who were job hunting in the 1930s made creative signs to showcase their need for a job.

Let us look at Job Hunting in the 1930s- in pictures

1) Unable to find a job locally, individuals travelled to different places in search of a job.

A picture of a man job hunting in the 1930s
A man stating his qualifications on a sign on his back

2) Below pictured are single women job hunting in the 1930s and protesting for the ‘firing’ of married women.

A picture of women with signs stating to fire married women
Women with signs stating to fire married women

3) Man job hunting in the 1930s with a sign stating that he wants a job and not charity.

A man with a sign want a job, not charity
Want a job, not charity

4) Children appealing for a job on the behalf of their father.

A picture of hildren holding a sign asking for a job on behalf of their father- job hunting in the 1930s
Children holding a sign asking for a job on behalf of their father

5) An unemployed man on hunting in the 1930s with a radical sign appealing for accommodation for himself, his wife and their unborn child.

A picture of an unemplyed man with a radical sign - job hunting in the 1930s
An unemployed man with a radical sign

6) Unemployed men lining up in front of an employment agency in 1932.

A picture of Unemployed man lining up in front of an employment agency- job hunting in the 1930s
Unemployed man lining up in front of an employment agency

7) Men staying in public housing when job hunting in the 1930s.

A picture of men staying in public housing
Men staying in public housing

8) Men wearing signs declaring their professions and offering to work one dollar/week, November 8, 1930

A picture of men wearing signs stating their profession
Men wearing signs stating their profession

9) A grim sign showcasing the dark reality of job hunting during the 1930s Great Depression.

A picture of the dark reality of the Great Depression
The dark reality of the Great Depression

10) An unemployed man job hunting in the 1930s stating that he will take any job available.

A picture of a man with a sign stating he will take any job available- job hunting in the 1930s
Man with a sign stating he will take any job available

After the Great Depression, the 1939 New York World’s Fair was a much-awaited event, see 15 Iconic pictures from the 1939 New York World’s Fair

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