The wingnuts have been fairly successful in promoting the meme that the New Deal didn't do anything to get us out of the Great Depression, even getting it into USA Today. David Sirota has a nice post debunking this bit of wingnut crap and I'll share a table and a graph.
ROOSEVELT PRE-WWII NEW DEAL
1932 Unemployment Rate: 23.6% (12.8 million total unemployed)
1940 Unemployment Rate: 14.6% (8.1 million total unemployed)
Unemployment Rate Change: -9.0
Total unemployment percentage change: -36.7%