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Recession pushed children into poverty

The number of children living in low-income families topped 31 million in 2010

WASHINGTON (UPI) | August 17, 2011


"The recent recession has wiped out many of the economic gains for children that occurred in the late 1990s"

The prolonged U.S. recession pushed the number of children living in low-income families to 31 million in 2010, the Kids Count Data Center said Wednesday.

The official child poverty rate jumped 18 percent from 2000 to 2009, meaning 2.4 million more children live below the poverty line, Kids Count, part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, said.

"In 2009, 42 percent of our nation's children, or 31 million, lived in families with incomes below twice the federal poverty line or $43,512/year for a family of four, a minimum needed for most families to make ends meet," said Laura Speer, associate director for Policy Reform and Data at the Casey Foundation.

"The recent recession has wiped out many of the economic gains for children that occurred in the late 1990s," Speer said. "Nearly 8 million children lived with at least one parent who was actively seeking employment but was unemployed in 2010. This is double the number in 2007, just three years earlier. The news about the number of children who were affected by foreclosure in the United States is also very troubling because these economic challenges greatly hinder the well-being of families and the nation."

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