Minnesota child poverty nearly doubled during last decade

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The economy may be recovering, but lots of damage has been done during the last decade.
As the stock market rises and unemployment decreases, it's easy to lose sight of just how far the now-possibly-recovering economy fell from the pre-September 11 heights of a decade ago.

Here's a reminder -- since 2001, the number of Minnesota children living in high-poverty neighborhoods has nearly doubled. A decade ago, 35,000 Minnesota children were living amid poverty, but as of last year, that number had shot up to 68,000.

That means 5 percent of Minnesota children now live amid poverty, compared to 3 percent a decade ago.

The study, conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, defined "high-poverty neighborhood" as areas where at least 30 percent of the residents live below the federal poverty level, which is about $22,000 for a family of four.

Despite the near-doubling number of children living in high-poverty areas over the past decade, Minnesota is still doing better than most of the rest of the country. Nationally, 11 percent of children live amid poverty.

It's something to keep in mind amid all the economic recovery talk. Things may be getting better, but lots of damage has been done. And for the 99 percent, economic recovery is best measured in terms of poverty rates, not the Dow Jones industrial average.

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Hmm, that's funny.Until 2011 the Democrats ran the Minnesota House and Senate. (they wrote and released most of the legislation)How could they let this happen under their watch?  In fact, the democrats ran the show for nearly 40 years. Remember folks, there is little incentive to work oneself out of poverty because welfare allows one to live a somewhat comfortable life.  Answer me this; what percent of people leave the government dole once they are recipients of it?  Oh I forgot, it's about the "intentions" of the do-gooder, and not the results...

1of99%
1of99%

Curious how many children were living amid poverty in 2008 when the food stamp president took over? Do you use the decade ago number to hide the failed policies of Obama?

I think it was 37,000 Minnesota children were living amid poverty, but once Obama took over that number was driven sharply up to 68,000. Let's focus on what this food stamp president has done (or not done). By the way, add klobuchar to the list of failed politicians.

$5 dollar gasoline, higher costs for bread and milk, more children in poverty. Obama and klobuchar need to go.

HotLunch
HotLunch

I think the last figure I saw was the whole world could be fed for 8 billion. Hunger is only a problem because they want it to be.

EVEL
EVEL

Shut up with the 99% crap.  Think for yourself and quit recycling talking points concoted by some astroturf manufacturer.

pizza
pizza

GFY. This is a real problem, whether you choose to acknowledge it or not.

daninmpls
daninmpls

 the problem is people who shouldnt be breeding are.  if i had a kid, they would be living in poverty.  solution? no kids for me.  this story has no point.  just more liberal garbage trying to make people who do well and act responsibly feel bad for it.

pizza
pizza

your post has no point. i, for one, am glad you choose not to breed. sounds like a win for all of us.

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