According to the latest fact sheet from the National Center for Children in Poverty, both the number and percentage of children in or near poverty increased from 2008 to 2014 (the latest year for which data are available).
Here’s what else we know:
- More than four in ten U.S. children are living close to the poverty line. In 2014, 44 percent of children under age 18 (31.4 million) lived in low-income households and 21 percent lived in poor families (15.4 million). This is much higher than at the start of the Great Recession in 2008, when 39 percent of children were considered low income and 18 percent lived in poor households.
- Children remain more likely than adults to live in poverty. While 44 percent of children live in low-income households, only one-third of adults between 18 and 64 years of age live in these households. In addition, children are more than twice as likely as adults 65 years and older to live in poor families.
- While children with a full-time, year-round employed parent are less likely to live in a low-income family, compared to children with parents who work part-time or part-year or who are not employed, it is still the case that 31 percent of children with at least one parent who works full-time, year round (16.1 million) live in low-income families and 9 percent of children with at least one parent who works full-time, year round (4.6 million) live in poor families.
I don’t see how the project of making America either “great again” or “whole” is going to fix the growing problem of child poverty.