Statewide News
7:39 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Group: Data Shows Jump in Ohio Child Poverty Rate

COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio child advocacy group says data being released Wednesday shows that the state's child poverty rate increased nearly 50 percent over eight years.

The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio says in the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the state's 2009 child poverty rate was 22 percent, a 46 percent increase over 2001.

Overall, Ohio ranked 29th among the states in indicators of child health and well-being, the same as last year.

The group says the state saw improvements in areas including child death rate and teen birth rate, but increases in low-birth weight babies and infant mortality.

Four percent of the state's children were impacted by foreclosure since 2007. And, in 2010, an estimated 11 percent of Ohio children lived in households where at least one parent was unemployed.