Unemployment Benefits Line 1938
Note:The unemployment rate in 1938 was just under 20% - the US population was just under 130 million.
This photo shows when unemployment benefits began. A line of men inside a division office of the State Employment Service office at San Francisco, California, were waiting to register for benefitson one of the first days the office was open. They received from $6 to $15 per week for up to sixteen weeks.
Coinciding with the announcement that the federal unemployment census showed close to ten million persons out of work, twenty-two states began paying unemployment compensation
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, photographer Dorothea Lange ... show more