Public Works Administration


The program started in 1933 and ended in 1939 and when the FDR tried to relieve the economy of the depression so that there will be more recovery. He tried to reform things to get the economy back on track. This budgeted several billion dollars to be spent, on the construction of the public works.

The FDR provided employment stabilizing purchasing power, improving public welfare, and contributing to a revival of the American industry, but it did not help small businesses. It was successful because it built large scale public works such as dams, bridges, hospitals, and schools. The leader of the public works administration was Harold Ickes


Public Works Adminisration

It created businesses and created more jobs and agencies. It also issued loans.

More Facts about the PWA.

It reduce unemployment through the construction of highways and public buildings. Authorized by the National Industrial Recovery Act (1933) and administered by Harold Ickes, it spent about $4 billion to build schools, courthouses, city halls, public-health facilities, and roads, bridges, dams, and subways. It was gradually dismantled as the country moved to a military-industrial economy during World War II.