The number of West Virginia children has risen dramatically since last year—and the state still lags behind in a number of key categories for kids according to a new report.
13,000 more children live in poverty than last year bringing the total to 100,000.
That’s the highest number in more than a decade—and means 27% of all West Virginia children are living in poverty. The numbers from from a new report from The Kids Count Data Center.
The report also say that our state fell from #38 to #42 in child well being nationally reports the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
The number of children nationally living in poverty is about 16 million, or roughly one in four kids.
Why are so many children living in poverty?
Patrick McCarthy, President of the foundation that funds the yearly report gave this explanation:
“Although we are several years past the end of the recession, millions of families still have not benefited from the economic recovery. While we’ve seen an increase in employment in recent years, many of these jobs are low-wage and cannot support even basic family expenses.”
In case you missed it, West Virginia’s unemployment rate is also on the rise.