Income & Poverty Spotlight

Still Looking for Work: Unemployment in DC Highlights Racial Inequity

Despite significant economic growth in the District since 2010, and an overall drop in unemployment, the recovery since the Great Recession has been very uneven, particularly across racial groups. Black DC residents continue to experience elevated rates of joblessness since the Great Recession of almost a decade ago—meaning they cannot find a job despite actively […]

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DC’s Racial Inequality Continues to Widen, Even as the City Sees Substantial Economic Growth

The District’s economy has grown substantially since the Great Recession, but the city’s economic rebound hasn’t lifted more residents above the poverty line, or boosted the incomes of people of color, as new data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau show. These trends point to the need to ensure DC residents can more equally […]

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A City Breaking Apart: The Incomes of DC’s Poorest Residents are Falling, While Economic Growth is Benefiting Better-Off Residents

DC’s poorest families have suffered a dramatic loss of income since the Great Recession, while higher-income families have seen their earnings rise. The income of the poorest DC households is now lower than in most major cities, and far lower than in the DC suburbs, an especially serious problem in a region where the cost […]

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When Every Dollar Counts: Child Poverty Has Lasting Negative Effects, But Even Small Income Boosts Can Help

A large and growing body of research finds that family economic stability – or the lack thereof – can have lasting impacts on a child’s ability to succeed in school and in later life. The challenges poor parents face in creating a positive environment for their children – poor food access, unstable and unhealthy housing, […]

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Two Paths to Better Jobs for DC Residents: Improved Training and Stronger Job Protections

Summary The growing job challenges of DC residents without a college education – including falling wages, stubbornly high unemployment, and an economy where job growth is concentrated in industries requiring advanced education and skills – highlight the urgency of helping more residents get better jobs. The District can tackle this challenge by implementing bold reforms […]

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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. Despite the city’s sustained recovery from the Great Recession, 110,000 DC residents lived in poverty in 2015.View the latest poverty figures DC’s Higher Minimum Wage Will Help Thousands, But Enforcement Is Needed (District’s Dime)

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

DC’s Racial Inequality Continues to Widen, Even as the City Sees Substantial Economic Growth (District’s Dime)