A Whig party poster blamed the economic recession of 1837, and the unemployment troubles and family suffering that ensued, on president Martin Van Buren.
Unemployed men queued outside a depression soup kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone in February 1931.
This iconic photo by Dorothea Lange, hired by the Farm Service Administration to document the effects of the Great Depression on Americans, shows a Dust Bowl migrant farmer and three of her seven children.
Occupy Wall Street protesters demonstrate against widespread unemployment and corporate greed in September 2011.
Thousands were employed by the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project during the Great Depression.
At Our Daily Bread Employment Center in Baltimore, people line up for the hot meal program, held seven days a week.
Chris Stewart, a 20-year-old who moved from South Dakota to San Francisco to find a job, advertises himself on the back of his T-shirt.
One thousand unemployed marched to the White House in 1977 to protest cuts in federal unemployment benefits.
Representatives to Warren Harding's 1921 Conference on Unemployment, the brainchild of Herbert Hoover.
This political cartoon commented on the depressed state of the economy under Andrew Jackson in 1837. A panorama of offices, rooming houses, and shops reflects the hard times.
This promotional poster for an 1895 Broadway melodrama promised to recreate a dramatic "run on the bank" onstage
Jobless men in Philadelphia talk with a member of the Urban Coalition, a church-based organization of black community leaders, in 1973.
President Barack Obama signs the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 at the White House.