DC has the highest Black unemployment rate in the country

WORKFORCE | The Economic Policy Institute has released its quarterly report analyzing unemployment rates in the US. It found that DC has the highest Black unemployment rate — 12.9 percent. The report also found an unemployment rate gap between Black and white workers in the region. (WAMU, 5/18)

“White workers in D.C. are having great economic outcomes. It is a great place to be a white worker,” says Janelle Jones, EPI’s lead analyst for the quarterly report. “But if you are a black worker in D.C., you’re facing recession levels of unemployment.”

In Maryland, the black unemployment rate is three times the white unemployment rate, and in Virginia, blacks are twice as likely as whites to be unemployed. “It really makes you think about the policies that are taking place inside the District that don’t cross state lines,” Jones says. “What is it about the makeup of D.C.’s economy, the way it hires, and how is that different from Virginia and Maryland that we’re seeing such discrepancies in unemployment rate?”

– On June 19, 1865, almost two and a half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved blacks in Texas finally learned that slavery had ended. The anniversary of this day became known as Juneteenth. In a blog post, Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, asks if our readers would be willing to take action to acknowledge this important day in American history. (Daily, 5/21)

– In the fourth session of WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington’s Putting Racism on the Table: Expanding the Table for Racial Equity series, Dr. Patricia Devine and Dr. Will Cox, two scientific leaders in the study of implicit bias, share the strategies they have developed and empirically tested to break the “prejudice habit.”  Click here to watch the video and download the accompanying discussion and viewing guides.

HOUSING | Kaiser Permanente has created a $200 million impact-investing fund to reduce homelessness and assist individuals unable to afford housing. (Chronicle, 5/18 – Subscription needed)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Is the Greater Washington region big enough for both Amazon and Apple? (Citylab, 5/18)

PHILANTHROPY | Kimberly Casey, director of member networks at Forefront, discusses the role regional associations can play in engaging philanthropy around equity and  shifting power back to communities. (NCRP, 5/15)

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