A City Guide To Yuyao for During the fuel shortage, 37 ships loaded with military supplies were stalled in a New York harbor. In addition to the Food and Fuel Agencies, Congress created a War Industries Board, and Wilson appointed Bernard Baruch to head the agency. Baruch aggressively set out to regulate the prices of key industrial products. Other prices were regulated by the Price-Fixing Committee, another wartime creation. As business boomed in war industries and the demand for labor increased, the labor market tightened. The government had obtained contracts, financing them through both borrowed money and new money. Laborers working under government contract tended to make higher wages and enjoy better working conditions. A City Guide To Yuyao 2016.