Works Progress Administration
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Started in: April 8, 1935
Employees: 3.3 million in 1938 (peak). Provided almost 8 million jobs between 1935 and 1943
The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. In much smaller but more famous projects the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.