C.W.A. Misuse of funds

By 1933, C.W.A. funds were being misused by spreading the money more thinly and enabling more people to work. This was contrary to the president’s original plan to provide a thirty hour work week for the same employees and on a permanent basis. It was thought the C.W.A. should make a direct attack on unemployment and not the consequences of it. The National Industrial Recovery Act, from which the C.W.A. derived work opportunities at steady wages had been created for large numbers of the unemployed.

By 1933, C.W.A. funds were being misused by spreading the money more thinly and enabling more people to work. This was contrary to the president’s original plan to provide a thirty hour work week for the same employees and on a permanent basis. It was thought the C.W.A. should make a direct attack on unemployment and not the consequences of it. The National Industrial Recovery Act, from which the C.W.A. derived work opportunities at steady wages had been created for large numbers of the unemployed.

Several counties had broken up their payrolls in order to accommodate twice as many people as their county manpower quotas called for. Some counties worked the men in shifts of three days of five hours each; in others, different groups of workers were put on the payroll each week.

It was believed if the staggering of employment wasn’t stopped, it would turn the C.W.A. into a dole. At that time, there were eighty-nine thousand men and six thousand women on the C.W.A. payrolls. They also stated although the unemployment rate was mounting, they couldn’t provide jobs for everyone.

Researched by Wilbur Bush