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2017 Economic Strategy

About the 2017 Economic Strategy

Released in 2017, DC’s current economic strategy set two overarching goals – to increase private sector GDP to $100 billion and bring unemployment levels below 10% across all wards, races, and educational attainment levels. Despite the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic three years into the strategy, private sector GDP reached $105 billion in 2021, exceeding DC’s goal, and 93 percent of the recommended initiatives (all but 3 of 43) have been completed. Unemployment across the three dimensions was trending downwards prior to the pandemic, but there is still work to do to address geographic, racial, and socioeconomic disparities.

View DC’s 2017 Economic Strategy for more information.