The unemployment rate increased a lot during the great depression. People who lost their jobs could not feed themselves, pay their rent, and support their family. This forced families together in crowded houses and apartments. People couldn't afford to separate or get divorced because they needed the income of everyone to pay the rent. Men who were laid off of work were often ashamed and, if their children or wives were working, the men felt that their status had fallen. Typically, If the man of the house was unemployed, women went and tried to find work. They often got fired if the employer found out that she was married.
STARVATION & ILLNESS
Starvation and Illness damaged a lot of the country. People who did not have a job had a hard time feeding themselves and paying the rent. Since they weren't available to food, they were more prone to illness. Living somewhere without a bathroom or running water was very unsanitary. Children also suffered most from long-term effects of a poor diet and no medical care. This was easily one of the worst impacts of the depression. Many people died because they had no money to pay for medication to treat illnesses, and others died because they had no money to pay for food. People were at their worst and it was not because they lost millions in stocks they invested. This was because they had nowhere to go, and no place to call home.
"Wall Street has come a long way from the insider-dominated world that was blown apart by the Great Depression."