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An economist at the Economic Policy Institute sends along a chart estimating D.C. unemployment numbers from pre-recession levels until now. As expected, it’s pretty bad. For some people, that is. The fourth quarter of last year ended with black unemployment at 20.3 percent—and white unemployment at 3.3 percent. And may even be generous, since the estimates don’t capture the people who have given up looking for work.
Of note is how flat white unemployment has remained, while black unemployment skyrocketed. It’s a sign that the industries D.C.’s black population tends to work in are much more vulnerable to economic trends, and that, as the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute noted, education remains a pretty strong predictor of employment status.
Nationally, unemployment for blacks is 13.6 percent and 7.4 percent for whites.