Uneven Recovery Leaving Working Poor Families Behind, Report Finds

The uneven economic recovery has left more low-income families struggling to make ends meet and more children living in low-income working families, an annual report from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation finds.

According to the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book, one in four children in the United States, or 18.7 million children, lived in a working poor family in 2013 — about 1.7 million more than in 2008. Moreover, nearly a third (31 percent) of all children had no parent with full-time employment, and even when parents were working full time, their wages and benefits often were insufficient to adequately support a family. The report, which measured child well-being in four areas — economic well-being, education, health, and family and community — also found that the child poverty rate of 22 percent remained persistently high in 2013 and was well above the 2008 rate of 18 percent, and that 14 percent of children lived in high-poverty communities where poverty rates were above 30 percent, the largest percentage since 1990.

Read more

By Philantrhopy News Digest