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Experts: Unimproved Child Poverty Rates Ignored by Presidential Candidates

Children on the Ballot
Poverty & Family Economics

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By Bob Kessler


(Des Moines) — The percentage of children living in poverty has not improved much since the Great Recession. In Iowa, the poverty rate for children reached 17 percent in the years between 2010 to 2014, the most recent year data was collected.

According to data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, rates have yet to return to pre-recession levels of 14 percent. Julia Isaacs, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, said this is unusual.

“It’s typical for the poverty rate to remain high a year or two after a recession,” Isaacs said. “But to have it remain high three or four years after a recession is less typical.”

The issue has been virtually ignored …

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