It’s not easy to escape poverty
Louisiana fell one spot to 47th in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
The Kids Count report was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization that had Louisiana ranked at 46th in 2013. The state improved on education and health care benchmarks, like proficiency in reading and math, high school graduation rates and health insurance coverage. The number of child and teen deaths dropped, along with the number of teen births.
But the state saw worsened data elsewhere, including rising numbers of children whose parents lack secure employment.
The percentage of children who live in poverty remained steady at 28 percent, and the percentage of children who live in single-parent families grew to 48 percent.
Two years ago, the survey worked to determine well-being within each parish, as well. At the time, Kids Count reported that about 2,140 children in Jeff Davis Parish were living in poverty.
Surveys such as this one sometimes foreshadow the future. While income inequality can be a touchy subject, one aspect of that topic is true: a person often remains in the income class to which they were born. Between inflation and pay gaps, the space between income classes has widened considerably since the 1970s, making it harder – if not sometimes impossible – for some to move up.
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