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Black workers in the nation’s capital earn significantly less than their white counterparts with unemployment rates that eclipse prerecession numbers, despite a strong national labor market and flourishing District economy, according to a new report.

The report argues that although inequity dates to pre-Civil War days, when the District was a thriving hub for slavery, contemporary issues such as pay disparities, an overrepresentation of black workers in low-wage jobs and limited opportunities to grow wealth continue to plague black Washingtonians.

Black workers also are less likely to receive employee benefits, including employer-provided health insurance, paid leave and retirement contributions, than their white counterparts, analysts found. The findings were part of a recent report from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, an independent research group that analyzes D.C. economic data and produces policy recommendations.

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