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The recession takes a heavy toll on children — and not just in the South

Poverty & Family Economics

The Institute for Southern Studies, by Sue Sturgis

Before the current recession, Southern states accounted for two-thirds of those with child poverty rates over 20 percent. But today, states in the region account for less than half of those with high child poverty.

That’s among the findings of a new report from the Urban Institute and First Focus, which examined state-by-state measures of children’s economic well-being from 2007 to 2012. Those measures included numbers of children living with an unemployed parent, receiving nutrition assistance benefit, and living below the poverty line. …Read more