New Orleans is a major city because of its port. But, during The Great Depression the port is nearly empty and with an empty port no money is being brought into the city. No money means the workers can not be paid. During The Great Depression nearly 10,000 people were unemployed in just the city of New Orleans. The city started a welfare system in 1931 to give relief to the unemployed. About 500,000 dollars was raised to aid the city but ran out by 1932. In 1932, a bond of 750,000 dollars was used for welfare. When the New Deal was passed the situation all over Louisiana was greatly lessened. The nightmare was over but it was still not a good time.