Child well-being worsens in U.S.

Regarding its key economic indicator, the Kids Count report said 18 percent of U.S. children — 13.3 million of them — were living in poverty in 2006, up by 1 million children from the 17 percent rate in 2000. It said child poverty increased in 32 states during that period.

“It’s disconcerting, because between 2000 and 2006 the economy was doing pretty well,” said Beavers, who predicted the poverty rates would worsen amid the current economic downturn.

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