Under Obama Poverty Soars

  • 14.7million children in families with income less than $21,756 a year
  • Child poverty increased in 38 states from 2000 to 2009
  • Mississippi is state with highest level – 31 per cent
  • New Hampshire is state with smallest level – 11 per cent
Across the nation, the research by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that child poverty increased in 38 states from 2000 to 2009. As a result, 14.7 million children, 20 per cent, were poor in 2009. That represents a 2.5million increase from 2000, when 17 per cent of the nation’s youth lived in low-income homes. In the foundation’s first examination of the impact of the recession on the nation’s children, the researchers concluded that low-income children will likely suffer academically, economically and socially long after their parents have recovered. Poverty In America Jumps To Record High Under Obama

POVERTY: STATE BY STATE

MISSISSIPPI – 31 PER CENT

ARKANSAS – 27 PER CENT

KENTUCKY – 26 PER CENT

NEW MEXICO – 25 PER CENT

ALABAMA – 25 PER CENT

LOUISIANA – 24 PER CENT

TENNESSEE – 24 PER CENT

TEXAS – 24 PER CENT

SOUTH CAROLINA – 24 PER CENT

WEST VIRGINIA – 24 PER CENT

NORTH CAROLINA – 23 PER CENT

ARIZONA – 23 PER CENT

MICHIGAN – 23 PER CENT

OKLAHOMA – 22 PER CENT

GEORGIA – 22 PER CENT

OHIO – 22 PER CENT

MONTANA – 21 PER CENT

FLORIDA – 21 PER CENT

MISSOURI – 21 PER CENT

INDIANA – 20 PER CENT

NEW YORK – 20 PER CENT

CALIFORNIA – 20 PER CENT

SOUTH DAKOTA – 19 PER CENT

OREGON – 19 PER CENT

ILLINOIS – 19 PER CENT

KANSAS – 18 PER CENT

IDAHO – 18 PER CENT

NEVADA – 18 PER CENT

COLORADO – 17 PER CENT

MAINE – 17 PER CENT

RHODE ISLAND – 17 PER CENT

PENNSYLVANIA – 17 PER CENT

WISCONSIN – 17 PER CENT

DELAWARE – 16 PER CENT

WASHINGTON – 16 PER CENT

IOWA – 16 PER CENT

NEBRASKA – 15 PER CENT

MINNESOTA – 14 PER CENT

VIRGINIA – 14 PER CENT

HAWAII – 14 PER CENT

ALASKA – 13 PER CENT

MASSACHUSETTS – 13 PER CENT

NEW JERSEY – 13 PER CENT

VERMONT – 13 PER CENT

WYOMING – 13 PER CENT

NORTH DAKOTA – 13 PER CENT

CONNECTICUT – 12 PER CENT

UTAH – 12 PER CENT

MARYLAND – 12 PER CENT

NEW HAMPSHIRE – 11 PER CENT

The federal poverty level this year is $22,350 a year for a family of four, but child advocates claim that figure should be higher.

Nevada, Florida, Arizona and California and other states grappling with high foreclosures rates also were home to the largest populations of children affected by the mortgage crisis.

North Dakota had the fewest, followed by South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming and Alaska. In all, more than 5.3million children have been affected by foreclosure, the study found.

Mississippi’s rankings were least affected by the recession, only because it long ago secured its worst-case standing. Overall, Mississippi ranked last in seven of the survey’s child well-being indicators.

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