Most Active Stories
- Michigan legislators join national push for Constitutional Convention
- A hunt gone wrong: One man's story of survival in the Alaskan wilderness
- DOWNTON ABBEY Special Preview Screening!
- Book Review: Mitch Albom's 'The First Phone Call from Heaven'
- WATCH NOW: East Lansing boys basketball coach Steve Finamore
Tue July 28, 2009
Report: More Michigan children living in poverty
LANSING, MI – A new report says Michigan's rough economy drove more of the state's children into poverty.
The annual Kids Count state-by-state survey by the Annie E.Casey Foundation said Tuesday that 19 percent of Michigan children lived in poverty in 2007. That's up from 14 percent in 2000.
The national average was 18% in 2007 and 17% in 2000.
Michigan ranked 34th among the states in the poverty measure in
Michigan ranked 41st with 36% of its children living in families where no parent had full-time, year-round employment in 2007.
The ratings likely have worsened in the past two years as Michigan's unemployment rate has more than doubled.
Michigan's overall ranking in the Kids Count report remained unchanged at 27th.