Kids in Poverty: The Numbers Grow

August 9, 2009

From the Star Tribune, Aug. 9, 2009:

While Minnesota ranks well nationally, there has been a sharp rise in child poverty and other troubling changes.

Child poverty in Minnesota rose 33 percent between 2000 and 2007, six times the national average, and several other measures of child well-being declined, according to a widely-watched annual report on the nation's children.

Overall, Minnesota still ranks No. 2 nationally in the annual "Kids Count'' study, with strong showings in health and educational status.

But several indicators seem to show the effect of a sharp downturn in Minnesota's economy and state budget cuts in the past several years.