Effects of economic insecurity on children

According to a new report from the Urban Institute,  the rate of child poverty increased from 18% in 2007 to 22% in 2010. The report, written by Lisa Dubay and Elena Zarabozo, documents how many children in the U.S. are living in economically insecure families, how economic insecurity changed between 2007 and 2010, and which children were most affected. Some other key findings:

  • The percentage of children living in food-insecure families rose from 13% to 22%.
  • The percentage of children living in households that were doubling up and the percentage of children with an uninsured parent grew
  • Families’ wealth declined during the same time period. The wealth of white families declined by 11%, Hispanic families had losses of 40%, and black families had losses  of 31%. These changes widen the existing racial and ethnic disparities in wealth accumulation that existed before the recession.

The report also examines whether children are receiving public program benefits, and whether these programs appear to be meeting the needs of families with children. You can read the  full report, or check out the highlights.