WIN Annual Reports June 2018 Midyear Report - Page 6

JOBS CAMPAIGNS Photo by David Choy Despite DC’s economic boom and recovery from the recession, studies show that Black unemployment in DC remains stubbornly high at 19.5%. In high unemployment zones of the District, like many neighborhoods east of the river and among youth and returning citizens, the rates can be even higher. In addition to high unemployment, the wages of DC’s lowest income workers have been stagnant or falling. WIN and Metro IAF organizers in DC are aggressively organizing to make unemployment, wages and benefits central issues in the District over the coming years. “ The unemployment rate for black DC residents is more than 5.5 times that of whites . . . It’s also higher than the national black unemployment rate at 19.5%” 1 1 ​A Vision for an Equitable DC Report​, Urban Institute, 2016. 2018 MIDYEAR REPORT 6