Many Connecticut minorities left behind in economic recovery

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A children’s advocacy group says in a new report that many people of color and young workers in Connecticut have been left behind in the economic recovery from the Great Recession that ended in 2009.

Connecticut Voices for Children released the report Thursday.

The group says that six years after the recession, the unemployment rate for black state residents is more than double the rate for white residents — 13 percent compared with 5 percent. And about 12 percent of workers ages 16 to 24 are unemployed — twice the rate for older workers.

The report says one in three black and Hispanic children in the state live in poverty.

Voices for Children is urging state lawmakers to lower state taxes on working families and improve schools in minority communities.

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