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Report: CT Child Poverty Remains High

Families in Connecticut and elsewhere are still recovering from the recession.

The rate of children living with unemployed parents went up 88 percent at the onset of the recession in 2007 to today, and while there are some positive trends, 9 percent of children are still expected to have jobless parents. 

A new report titled “The Recession’s Ongoing Impact on Children, 2012: Indicators of Children’s Economic Well-Being” tracks the how children throughout the country fared in the past few years.

Researchers found that:

  • The number of children with parents unemployed for more than six months in Connecticut went up 197 percent since 2007.
  • Nationally, 2.7 million more children lived with an unemployed parent during a typical month in 2012, compared to 2007 (an increase of 71%), bringing the 2012 total to 6.3 million children;
  • 2.8 million (44 percent of those living with an unemployed parent) lived, during a typical 2012 month, with a parent unemployed six months or longer;
  • 8.8 million more additional children relied upon SNAP for food in 2012, compared to 2007, bringing the total number of children receiving SNAP to 21.6 million (one in four) nationwide;
  • 16 million children (more than one in five) currently live in poverty; and
  • The number of states that are high child poverty states (where more than one-in-five children live in poverty) has nearly doubled during the recession, from 14 in 2007 to 27 in 2011

“The numbers tell us two critical things: first, the recession continues to hit America’s children hard; and second, smart investments in children’s health and well-being can mitigate the harm, “said First Focus President Bruce Lesley.”

These indicators became less severe in 2012, but remain well above the 2007 figures.

cora nichols December 05, 2012 at 03:57 PM
It would be interesting to know the following facts What kind of employment did the parents/care givers have when they lost their jobs? What is the chance of these jobs coming back? How many of these children belong to one parent families? How many of these children belong to “middle income families” I may be wrong but..with our automated society have we removed a lot of jobs that used to go to lower and moderate income people.? And if that is true-What are we going to do about it? PS I will never go to a automated check out counter-always use a live person.
Will Wilkin December 05, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Its not automation behind America's spreading poverty & unemployment, it is offshoring of manufacturing, and the loss of all the additional jobs that mfg would have supported. The USA would have 10 million more jobs if we had balanced trade policy instead of "free trade" policy. Offshoring 6 million US manufacturing jobs since 2000, & losing millions more multiplier-effect jobs that mfg would have created, ripples through the entire economy, keeping down wages & benefits for most Americans, causing massive long-term unemployment & spreading poverty throughout America. Republican and Democratic politicians alike write the tree trade and high dollar and tax laws that together create an incentive structure making offshoring irresistible to corporate CEOs charged with maximizing shareholder profits. Knowing CEOs will maximize profit, it is the job of lawmakers and the Exec to create an incentive structure that makes domestic production more profitable than offshored production. But Obama and Jim Himes still champion the free trade and high dollar policies causing massive trade deficits and offshoring. They ignore the roots of our economic problems because they agree they should be continued. Obama continues negotiating the ruinous Trans-Pacific Partnership to expand the free trade destruction of America for the benefit of the 1%. http://nistmep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2011/04/28/6-million-jobs-lost-42000-factories-closed-its-time-for-a-national-manufacturing-strategy/

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