Report Wash kids are poorer but better educated

first_imgSALEM, Ore. (AP) — An annual ranking of the well-being of American children shows Oregon’s are suffering from poverty, underemployment and high housing costs.The Oregonian reports the annual Kids Count survey from the Annie E. Casey Foundation puts Oregon at 41st in economic well-being, 32nd overall.The project is in its 25th year. It tracks 16 indicators of child well-being.This year’s ranking, released Monday, showed about 37 percent of Oregon children have parents who lack secure employment, and 24 percent live in poverty. Oregon’s child poverty rate is up from 18 percent in 2005.SEATTLE — More Washington kids are living in poverty today than before the recession, but they are better educated and their health has improved, according to a new report released Monday.The annual survey released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the number of Washington children living in poverty has increased to 18 percent, but poverty in the state is still well below the national average.Washington children beat the national average on many measures studied by the foundation for its annual “Kids Count” report.Overall, Washington is ranked 19th in the nation for child well-being. The state’s best score is in the area of child health, where Washington is ranked 6th best in the nation.last_img

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