Friday, September 23, 2011

1 million more children living in poverty since 2009

Public release date: 22-Sep-2011
Contact: Lori Wright
University of New Hampshire
South hardest hit by child poverty increase

DURHAM, N.H. – Between 2009 and 2010, one million more children in America joined the ranks of those living in poverty, bringing the total to an estimated 15.7 million poor children in 2010, an increase of 2.6 million since the recession began in 2007, according to researchers from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

Furthermore, the authors estimate that nearly 1 in 4 young children -- those under age 6 -- now live in poverty. "It is important to understand young child poverty specifically, as children who are poor before age 6 have been shown to experience educational deficits, and health problems, with effects that span the life course," the researchers said.



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