Washington, D.C.

gallery depression photos

The Depression-era photos lay bare the nation's poverty and hopelessness at the time. Almost a quarter of the American labor force was out of work in 1933.

By comparison, at the worst point in the recent Great Recession, unemployment peaked at 10%.

This photo is titled "unemployed youth" and was taken in the nation's capital in 1938.

First published October 30, 2015: 12:11 PM ET

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