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Report on kids' poverty in US raises eyebrows

from CBS News

A new report on child welfare that found more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession belies the fanfare of the nation's economic turnaround. Twenty-two percent of American children were living in poverty in 2013 compared with 18 percent in 2008, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, with poverty rates nearly double among African-Americans and American Indians and problems most severe in South and Southwest. The report showed some signs of slight improvement, including high school graduation rates at an all-time high and a dipping percentage of uninsured children. But the problems extend beyond - and in some cases drive - increasing poverty rates. More children were raised in single-parent homes in 2013 than in 2008, and fewer lived with parents with secure employment. more


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