Life during the great depression
For the people living during the Great Depression, life was difficult. The high unemployment left people without income, houses, and security.
By 1932 12-15 million workers or 25-30% of the workforce was unemployed.
The Dust Bowl occurred right after the stock market crash putting small farmers out of work. Many thought moving west would help them find a job working on the farms in California.
By 1940, more than 2.5 million people had fled from the regions affected by the Dust Bowl. Nearly 10 percent moved to California. "
Manufacture output had fallen to 54% of its level in 1929 by 1932.
By 1933 11,000 of the United States 25,000 banks failed.