Unemployment Statistics For The Great Depression

In 1933, at the worst point in the Great Depression years, unemployment rates in the United States reached almost 25%, with more than 11 million people looking for work.

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Farmers who had lost their land and homes to foreclosure as a result of the Dust Bowl made up a large part of the idle workforce. “Hoovervilles” (named after Herbert Hoover, the American president many blamed for the Great Depression) and shantytowns sprung up all across America, areas in which people gathered and constructed makeshift homes out of boxes, packing crates, abandoned cars, and scraps of wood.

To solve the problem of unemployment during the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt created a number of job-related programs as part of his New Deal, most notably:
•Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
•Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
•Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA)
•Work Projects Administration, Works Progress Administration (WPA)