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Initially, the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act earmarked 4.8 billion dollars for the creation of government assistance programs. The United States Congress provided additional funds throughout the 1930s. Previous to the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act, most New Deal programs provided relief payments to qualified applicants. With the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act, the federal government continued to provide assistance to needy Americans, but now these people increasingly had to work on public projects. The Emergency Relief Appropriation Act provided President Roosevelt with funding for several new government employment programs, including the Works Progress Administration and the National Youth Administration. These various programs provided employment to thousands of Ohioans during the Great Depression. Beginning in 1939, the Congress reduced funding for these projects, and by the early 1940s, most of these programs ceased to exist. This was primarily because of declining unemployment due to the creation of thousands of jobs associated with World War II.
[[Category:Great Depression and World War II]]