Income & Poverty Spotlight

Poverty Rates Remain High For Some Groups of DC Residents


New figures released by the Census Bureau yesterday showed that poverty remains high in the District and has grown significantly since the onset of the recession in some areas of the city. In 2012, just over 18 percent of DC residents—108,732 people—lived below the poverty line, which is less than $23,492 for a family of […]


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For Some DC Groups of DC Residents, Unemployment Remains High in the Wake of the Recession


Despite an overall drop in citywide unemployment from 10.1 percent in 2011 to 8.9 percent in 2012, several groups of DC residents continue to face very high rates of joblessness.  In particular, the unemployment rate among single parents with children rose in 2012 to nearly 24 percent, twice the 2006 unemployment rate for this group. […]


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Testimony

October 30th, 2013
Testimony of Elissa Silverman, Communications Director, At the Public Hearing on B20-438, “Minimum Wage and Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013”; B20-459, “Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013”; B20-460, “Living Wage for All Act of 2013”; B20-463, “Minimum Wage Revision Commission Establishment Amendment Act of 2013”; B20-480, “Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2013”

October 28th, 2013
Testimony of Ed Lazere, Executive Director, At the Joint Public Hearing on • B20-438, the “Minimum Wage and Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013” • B20-459, the “Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013” • B20-460, the “Living Wage for All Act of 2013” • B20-463, the “Minimum Wage Revision Commission Establishment Amendment Act of 2013 • B20-480, the “Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2013”

June 8th, 2012
Testimony of Ed Lazere, Executive Director, to the Board of Directors of DC Water and Sewer Authority

November 25th, 2009
Testimony of Elissa Silverman, Communications and Policy Associate, for the Public Hearing on B18-420, “Unemployment Compensation Administration Modernization Amendment Act of 2009” and B18-455, “Unemployment Compensation Reform Act of 2009”

April 23rd, 2009
Testimony of Katie Kerstetter, Policy Analyst, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, at the Joint Public Hearing on the Food Stamp Expansion Act of 2009, District of Columbia Committee on Human Services & Committee on Goverment Operations

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Of Interest

The District of Columbia’s poverty rate is far above the national average and has remained high even in periods of strong economic growth.DC’s poverty rate rose significantly during the early 2000s, reaching a peak in 2005-2006.  The number of low-income DC residents began rising again in 2009 as a result of the economic recession.

Recent trends in poverty in the District

 

A Dissapointing Day for Large Retail Employees But Hope for a Higher DC Minimum Wage Soon (District’s Dime)

Many Working Families Can’t Afford DC’s High Cost of Living (District’s Dime)

Income Inequality Gap in D.C. One off Nation’s Widest (Washington Post)