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JOBS sign on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C.
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JOBS sign on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C.

The latest unemployment data show that the jobless rate in the District is now at its highest rate in decades. But that number obscures as much as it reveals. In some neighborhoods, the number of people looking for work is negligible; in other areas, the unemployment rate approaches 25 percent. Sabri Ben-Achour checks in with a local economist for an explanation of this unemployment imbalance and what it means for the city's future.

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