The dispersion of
the municipalities of Central Finland into the administrative districts
of Häme, Kuopio, St. Michel and Vaasa impeded the province's economic
progress and the realisation of large provincial projects. The first world
war and the events of 1917 caused economic turmoil and upset the province's
social order. Plans to create a new administrative district were put off
to the time of independence.
The industrial centres of Central Finland, i.e. the City and Rural Municipality
of Jyväskylä as well as Jämsä, Keuruu and Äänekoski, provided the driving
force for the province's economic growth. The industrialisation of Jyväskylä
was reflected in the social structure of the town in terms of the growing
share of the industrial workforce and other working people. Jyväskylä
became a town of workers and civil servants. New machines in agriculture
and advances in dairy farming added to the affluence of countryside dwellers.