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New Department of Commerce Data Tool Reveals Racial Disparities in State Unemployment

by Elizabeth Turnbull


On Monday, the Washington State Department of Commerce revealed an Economic Recovery Dashboard tool that details COVID-19’s impact on the state’s economy and reveals that certain communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by the economic repercussions of the virus. 

As of July, Washington’s overall unemployment rate stood at 10.2%. For People of Color, the rates were worse. From mid-April to late-August, 16% of Pacific Islander workers had filed continued unemployment insurance (UI) claims; for African Americans workers, this rate was 10.2%. 

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