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September 16, 2010
According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today, more than one in every five children- or 15.5 million children in America—lived in poverty in 2009. This is an almost ten percent increase over 2008.
The Census Bureau data released today document just how far off course our country remains in protecting our children and investing in their future and our nation’s future. It reported the following details about child poverty in 2009:
This is an unsettling picture of child poverty in America. The Great Recession has thrust millions of children and families into poverty, jeopardizing the promise of a productive future for children and our nation. Unfortunately, millions more are likely to be impacted by the effects of the recession over the coming years unless and until we have the courage to act decisively and invest in the future of our children.
To see how children in Minnesota are faring see the newly release KIDS COUNT databook and county-by-county data.