Figures released by the US Census Bureau indicate an official child poverty rate of 21.6 percent, the highest since the specific surveys of child poverty began in 2001.
The report comes from the American Community Survey, a nationwide study that includes an annual sample size of about 3 million addresses across the United States, including every county in every state as well as Puerto Rico, where it is called the Puerto Rico Community Survey.
The highlights of the latest survey, for the year 2010, show that 15.75 million children lived in poverty, and that more than 1.1 million children had been added to the total between 2009 and 2010.That's nothing to be thankful for, this year or any other.
As is often the case in the US, African-American children are hit harder by poverty than any other group. And what has the White House done to help African-American families? African-American children?
The number of children living in poverty is only increasing.
I'm waiting to see how the Cult of St. Barack spins this into good news.
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