Who Says the Government Can’t Create Jobs? Some Evidence from the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Created by John F. Henry, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Dept. of Economics
The United States has a$2.2 Trillion Infrastructure Deficit -- AND -- 25 Million Unemployed and Underemployed AmericansWhat Would Roosevelt Do?
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)• Constructed 37,203 vehicle bridges, 21,684,898 rods of fence and 79,538 mileage of telephone lines• Developed nearly 21,000 springs waterhole, and small reservoirs• Built more than 5 million permanent and temporary check dams in connection with treating gullies for erosion control; as well as the planting, seeding, or sodding of 114 million square yards of terraces for protection against erosion;• Planted or seeded roughly 2,000,000 acres of forest land with an average of 1,000 trees per acre• Spent 5,741,000 man-days fighting forest fires and 5,392,000 man-days in fire presuppression and prevention work• Responsible for forest-stand improvement on 3,694,930 acres• Developed about 55,000 acres of public camp and picnic grounds• Stocked lakes, ponds, and streams with 9.3 million fish