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Wealth gap between whites, minorities widening

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans suffered a loss of wealth during the recession and the sluggish recovery that followed. But the last half-decade has proved far worse for black and Hispanic families than for white families, starkly widening the already large gulf in wealth between white Americans and most minorities, according to a study from the Urban Institute.

‘‘It was already dismal,’’ Darrick Hamilton, a professor at the New School in New York, said of the wealth gap between black and white households. ‘‘It got even worse.’’

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