Faces Of The Great Depression (PHOTOS)

10/06/2012 10:46 am ET

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:

Faces Of The Great Depression

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