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 and hence most of the population was unemployed. The Great Depression officially started on a day called ‘Black Thursday’ and as a result one in every four American was rendered 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.
2) Below pictured are single women job hunting in the 1930s and protesting for the ‘firing’ of married women.
3) Man with a sign stating that he wants a job and not charity.
4) Children appealing for a job on the behalf of their father.
5) An unemployed man with a radical sign appealing for accommodation for himself, his wife and their unborn child.
6) Unemployed men lining up in front of an employment agency in 1932.
7) Men staying in public housing when job hunting in the 1930s.
8) Men wearing signs declaring their professions and offering to work one dollar/week, November 8, 1930
9) A grim sign showcasing the dark reality of the Great Depression.
10) An unemployed man in the 1930s stating that he will take any job available.
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