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Trying to get a job during the 1930s could prove troublesome or impossible So how did they manage to survive Anyone can tell you that the 1930s were no picnic Unemployment was up to 600 in 1933 from 1928 leaving 128 million people without jobs 4004 banks were suspended in 1933 due to financial difficulties The value if US exports was down 25 billion from 1928 And to top it all off the whole Great Plains was shut down due to dust bowls Roosevelts New Deal attacked this developing situation but his work just put a dent in the already booming depression The whole world in fact was in the same fix we were in Due to the war and the US raising the tariffs other countries had few other countries to trade with These countries couldnt support themselves in their current condition due to the war reparations and costs of casualties from both man and machine People on the West Coast were only a little better off than the rest of the nation and even that didnt last long because hundreds of thousands of people who lived on the Great Plains migrated to the West Coast in hope for a new home and a job to support their families Most people who couldnt find a job had to lean on support from the government The government set up temporary camps for these people to live in However some people were forced to live in cities made of garbage and other scrap materials called Hoovervilles where some whole families were forced to live in piano boxes and garbage cans They often died from diseases because they had eaten rotten and decomposing garbage out of dumps People could be seen chasing garbage trucks down the road and overtaking them to mug the garbage men of their trash At times men might even go as far as to kill another for a heap
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