The unemployment rate fell below 8 percent for the first time in nearly 4 years, according to the jobs report released Friday. The prolonged elevated unemployment has begged comparisons to The Great Depression. But during the worst period in America’s economic history, the unemployment rate was in the double digits for years and the government had yet to create the safety net that many struggling jobless have now come to rely on to survive.

Get a glimpse of what life was like during The Great Depression with these photos taken by Dorothea Lange and John Vachon below:

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  • 18-Year-Old California Migrant Mother

    By Dorothea Lange March 1937

  • Holtville, California Refugee Camp

    By Dorothea Lange March 1937

  • Oklahoma Migrant Workers

    Dorothea Lange March 1937

  • California Drought Refugee

    By Dorothea Lange March 1937

  • California Migrant Worker

    By Dorothea Lange March 1937

  • Waiting For Relief Checks

    By Dorothea Lange Calipatria, California March 1937

  • Former Tenant Farmer On Relief

    By Dorothea Lange March 1937

  • Omaha Armistice Day Parade

    By John Vachon November 1938

  • Omaha Streetcar Driver

    By John Vachon November 1938

  • Omaha Unemployed Men

    By John Vachon November 1938

  • Omaha Blind Beggar

    By John Vachon November 1938

  • Omaha Wholesale District

    By John Vachon November 1938

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