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Washington DC has had a consistent high unemployment rate localized within Ward 8, which saw a climb to 25.2 percent according to figures from the Department of Employment Services. This community located along the banks of the Anacostia River is the poorest within the boundaries of the District of Columbia. This level of poverty is higher than in any U.S. metropolitan area. Closest to this poverty level with a 25.1 percent climb is El Centro, California. Washington’s electoral Ward 8 (southeast) is only four miles from the White House. The poverty rate is 35 percent compared to 18 percent across the city of Washington DC. Figures courtesy U.S. Census Bureau (2011).
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