There’s also this:

During 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported more than 11,000 initial claimants for unemployment insurance associated with extended mass layoff events in the Flint metropolitan area and less than half that number for the D.C. metro area — a region that includes the District itself and the wealthy, highly educated counties of Northern Virginia and southwest Maryland. It’s a sobering reminder of the District’s distance from the epicenters of the Great Recession.
I love that epicenter line, even after last week’s Washington earthquake. (Really.)

But 11,000 claimants in Flint vs. less than half that in the D.C. area doesn’t tell me too much. Any context there, like the percent of those employed?

Despite those flaws, Politico did find a bit of interesting agreement between Washington’s elite and the rest of the land.

When asked to identify the most important issue facing the country, 52 percent of elites and 48 percent of respondents from the rest of the country identified the economy and jobs.
That’s encouraging—though “the economy and jobs” could mean different things to different people.

Well done to Politico for the good idea and the interesting poll, and the stark reminder that where you stand really does depend on where you sit.

Holly Yeager is CJR's Peterson Fellow, covering fiscal and economic policy. She is based in Washington and reachable at