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Data recently released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that over the last decade, there has been a significant decline in economic well-being for low-income children and families.

The official child poverty rate, which is a conservative measure of economic hardship, increased 18 percent between 2000 and 2009, essentially returning to the same level as the early 1990s.

This increase means that 2.4 million more children are living below the federal poverty line. Data also reveals the impact of the job and foreclosure crisis on children. In 2010, 11 percent of children had at least one unemployed parent and 4 percent have been affected by foreclosure since 2007.

Some factors contributing to the increased poverty rates nationwide included teenage pregnancy. Another factor was the increase in teens that were not in school and did not have a job.

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