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Poverty impacts northwest children

Oregon children under stress

Oregon's children and families remain in economic stress despite an improving economy, according data released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The foundation's annual "kids count" report, ranks states in terms of the well-being of their children and families. It analyzes data on health, education, finances and community collected by states and the feds.

Out of the 50 states, Oregon ranks 32nd overall - so up one spot from last year. But foundation spokesman Laura Speer says in terms of the economic stability of families, it ranked 41st. Speer said, “In Oregon 37 percent of children lived in households where there was not one parent in the household who had full-time year-round employment. And that's very high. That rate is among the highest of all states in the country.”

— Oregon Public Broadcasting

Washington: More kids in poverty

SEATTLE (AP) — 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.

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