December 5, 1942

Declares Work Relief Not Needed
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Franklin Roosevelt yesterday ordered the Works Projects Administration (WPA) shut down. Declaring “…a national work relief program is no longer necessary…”, the president brought to an end the last of the four major New Deal agencies. The WPA will be shut down around February of next year, ending six and a half years of providing work assistance to approximately five million people with thirty million dependants. The president indicated the war industry is providing enough jobs to make the agency unneeded. He announced the intention to end the WPA in a letter to Major General Phillip B. Flemming, administrator of the WPA.

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