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Report: More NC children living in poverty

Posted July 22, 2014

— Despite making significant gains in health and education in the last eight years, North Carolina ranks 34th nationally in overall child well-being, according to a report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The KIDS COUNT Data Book, available in its entirety online, examines 16 measures of child well-being in four categories, ranking states from 1 to 50. North Carolina ranked 38th in economic well-being, 28th in education, 32nd in health and 36th in family and community.

"We know what children need to be successful – a healthy start in life, stable families, a quality education, and safe and secure communities," Laila A. Bell, director of research and data at NC Child, home of the NC KIDS COUNT project, said in a statement. "These data show our children are at risk of falling behind in key areas, leaving them under-prepared to compete and excel in the 21st century economy."

Twenty-six percent of children in the state lived in poverty in 2012, according to the report, up from 21 percent in 2005. A third of the state's children have parents who lack secure employment, and 34 percent are living in households with a high housing-cost burden.

Thirty-seven percent of the state's children live in single-parent families.

"North Carolina ranks a low 39th for child poverty, and a greater share of our children are being raised in high-poverty neighborhoods than in West Virginia," Bell said.

The state's children fared better in the health rankings. The percentage of children without health insurance declined to 8 percent in 2012, and child and teen deaths declined to 27 per 100,000 in children ages 1 to 19 in 2010.

North Carolina slipped one spot overall in education, but there have been significant gains in high school graduation numbers. Between 2005-06 and 2011-12, the percentage of high school students not graduating on time declined by a quarter to 21 percent.

"A well-educated workforce is a powerful tool that drives economic growth," Bell said,. "By 2018, 59 percent of all jobs in North Carolina will require some education beyond high school."


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  • miseem Jul 22, 2014

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    So if we cut their salaries to $10,000 per year, that would not impact education in NC? If not that number, exactly where would you draw the line?

  • Stilllearnin Jul 22, 2014

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    Please explain how funding cuts equate to sound education. Teachers are still teaching and students should be still learning if they are being taught whats in the curriculum. What the teacher takes home in their paycheck will impact them and their families but should not impact the learning process for the student.

  • katgotyertongue Jul 22, 2014

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    I'd love to see you list your "friend" and your source. I've heard so much of this kind of spewage and it's always, "my friend says..." who? Rush Limbaugh? If your friend is doing this than turn them in. If they are breaking the law then by ignoring it you are also. My Grandmother had a wonderful saying.."Tell me who your "friends" are and I'll tell you who you are".

  • euimport1 Jul 22, 2014

    sad story. add the ones from south of the border and guess what: more hunger

  • Terry Watts Jul 22, 2014
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    When I pointed out the NCGOP hate of family, you demonstrated it here for everyone to see: Indicating that children in poverty somehow "lack personal responsibility" demonstrates that heartless hate succinctly. Thank you!

  • teleman60 Jul 22, 2014

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    You do realize the President doesn't control corporations.
    The Economy is BOOMING - Wall St HIGHEST IN HISTORY - Corp Profits Highest in 20 years - Top 1% get 20% of US wealth. The rich are doing just fine.

    EXCEPT - they're not creating those JOBS the republicans said they would. Remember all the tax cuts and subsides that were supposed to allow the "job creators" to create jobs?
    Well, they decided NOT to spend their money, not to create any jobs, to just party.
    These are FACTS! Look at the stock market, look at bank profits. Obama CAN'T MAKE THEM HIRE! If the rich just say no, well then the republicans were WRONG AGAIN.
    You can't have it both ways. The American economy is making profits larger than at any time in HUMAN HISTORY. They cut jobs in the recession and made people produce the same with less employees. Why would they hire when they are getting rich now?

  • icdumbpeople Jul 22, 2014

    The only fail here is that of the GOP. Cutting benefits for the unemployed and food stamps for the hungry Americans.

    Really? Food Stamps provide WAY too much for these obese people now! They need to be cut in half! Cut coupons and eat sandwiches like us working people do. Stop giving to these people so they will have some initiative to do for themselves.

  • Terry Watts Jul 22, 2014
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    When the State and the budget director, doesn't provide enough funds for a sound education per our State Constitution (see how teacher salaries are significantly lower the our neighboring states), then YES, blame can be directed at the State.

  • John Jones Jul 22, 2014
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    Whomever made the statement that illegals don't get gov assistance is ignorant. I have a friend who hires several illegals, which I don't agree with, said they get free healthcare and SNAP. Not sure how they do it, but they do. All the illegals working for him have kids born here and now they are American citizens. They pay 0 income tax. YEAH THATS RIGHT. 0 FEDERAL AND STATE INCOME TAX because he pays them cash under the table.

  • jonara Jul 22, 2014

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    Spot on!