Report: CT Child Poverty Remains High

Families in Connecticut and elsewhere are still recovering from the recession.


The rate of children living with unemployed parents went up 88 percent at the onset of the recession in 2007 to today, and while there are some positive trends, 9 percent of children are still expected to have jobless parents.

A new report titled “The Recession’s Ongoing Impact on Children, 2012: Indicators of Children’s Economic Well-Being” tracks how children throughout the country fared in the past few years.

Researchers found that:

  • The number of children with parents unemployed for more than six months in Connecticut went up 197 percent since 2007.
  • Nationally, 2.7 million more children lived with an unemployed parent during a typical month in 2012, compared to 2007 (an increase of 71%), bringing the 2012 total to 6.3 million children;
  • 2.8 million (44 percent of those living with an unemployed parent) lived, during a typical 2012 month, with a parent unemployed six months or longer;
  • 8.8 million more additional children relied upon SNAP for food in 2012, compared to 2007, bringing the total number of children receiving SNAP to 21.6 million (one in four) nationwide;
  • 16 million children (more than one in five) currently live in poverty; and
  • The number of states that are high child poverty states (where more than one-in-five children live in poverty) has nearly doubled during the recession, from 14 in 2007 to 27 in 2011

“The numbers tell us two critical things: first, the recession continues to hit America’s children hard; and second, smart investments in children’s health and well-being can mitigate the harm, “said First Focus President Bruce Lesley.”

These indicators became less severe in 2012, but remain well above the 2007 figures.

Steven DeVaux December 06, 2012 at 05:10 AM
High property taxes help drive poverty too. Tell that to the Davidson/Lasser team. Who was it that said if you're poor you should move out of Brookfield? That's their way of dealing with childhood poverty?
Rob Gianazza December 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Poverty is a serious issue and one not to be joked about. There are several factors which contribute to child poverty. The number of un-wed teen pregnancies for one. More single women are having babies with no means of supporting that child. In many cases they wind up on state support with multiple children from multiple fathers. Again this is not true of all, but a significant number. Next we need to consider what the government considers living in poverty. Our impression is malnutrition, poor living or homeless conditions and lack of proper clothing and medical care. That's not the government standard however. People living in poverty have cars, cell phones and at least one flat screen tv and more. A family of four making less than $39,000 is considered to be living in poverty. Beware of statistics, they can be misleading.
David Propper December 06, 2012 at 09:09 PM
An educated woman is our best fight against poverty. Check out the following article from CARE. http://www.care.org/getinvolved/advocacy/pdfs/whyempowerwomen.pdf
Michelle December 07, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Whether or not statistics are misleading, the truth of the matter is that more and more families are struggling to feed their families. Unemployment is high. There are more families out of work and the self employed are struggling to to stay afloat as well. Times are tough here folks, that is a tough reality for so many community members. I recently wrote a PSA in regards to hunger-this is a clip of it: Hunger hurts. Families are struggling. Hunger knows no boundaries. Everyone is affected. Hardworking adults, people who have lost their jobs, Senior Citizens and our most vulnerable victims of hunger, children. Did you know that over 48 Million Americans go hungry? That includes over 16 Million American children suffering with hunger pangs. These numbers are growing with our declining economy. You can help. You can be the difference in the lives of our fellow Americans and struggling community members. Donate nonperishable food items to your local food banks and soup kitchens.
Michelle December 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Another facet to having more hungry children and poverty stricken families is the growing costs of groceries and personal care items. Costs continue to go up which makes it even more difficult.
Steven DeVaux December 07, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Excellent observations Michelle. It's a shame our town leadership doesn't go the extra mile on this issue.
Steven DeVaux December 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
The first place to help eliminate poverty is one's hometown. Telling people if they can't afford it to move out out of town is not the attitude needed by politicians to help end the suffering of parents and children in the throes of poverty due to no choice of their own. The very spirit of the holidays makes it incumbent to not just talk, to preach...but to act. To do without the need for recognition for doing. That's the spirit of the holidays.
Steven DeVaux December 07, 2012 at 09:46 PM
We need to eliminate all poverty here in the United states before we even begin to consider taking of others beyond our own. If we can not take care of our own, how do we even begin to think we can take care of others? When a child goes to bed hungry in Hartford, why are we worried about feeding those in Egypt?
Michelle December 08, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I agree with you Steven, whole heartedly.


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