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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
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Photo taken at Unemployment Office San Francisco, California USA on