A tale of two unemployment rates, through an urban microcosm
- 9.8% the unemployment rate in the Washington, DC — a little higher than the rest of the nation
- 3.6% the unemployment rate for the more affluent areas of DC — mostly populated by whites source
» This isn’t good. The unemployment rate of Anacostia, a district in Southeast DC east of the river mostly populated by blacks? Nearly 20 percent. DC is merely just a flash point for a much-larger trend. All over the United States, blacks are twice as likely to be unemployed as whites. What’s worse is there’s no real explanation for it — other than the obvious one.