The Nazis tried to make Germany self-sufficient - that is to produce all the goods it needed without having to rely on imported supplies. They called this policy ‘Autarky’.
The Nazis implemented a major programme of public works, such as building and repairing roads, railways and houses.
This significantly helped reduce unemployment, as did large-scale military rearmament.
With Germany building up its armed forces, thousands of jobs in the iron, steel, aviation and shipbuilding industries were created.
The Nazis took control of workers’ lives in a number of ways: