Patchwork of Paychecks: Washington DC

There are not enough jobs to go around in Washington, D.C. There are 61,000 job seekers, but only about 21,000 total job openings. Of those, 61 percent pay a living wage for a single adult and only 24 percent pay enough for a single adult with two children to make ends meet. This means there are five job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult and 12 job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult with two children.

Additionally, women and people of color in Washington, D.C. are more likely to work part-time than are workers overall. While just nearly 17 percent of all workers reported working part-time, 25 percent of black workers, 19 percent of Latina and Latino workers, and 19 percent of female workers reported working fewer than 40 hours per week.

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