Report Says Youth Poverty on Rise in Florida

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TAMPA (2010-8-16) -

According to a recently released report, Florida ranks 36th in the nation for the health and well-being of its children. And youth poverty is on the rise.

The study from the group "Kids Count" says more than one in five children in the state live below the poverty line. That's higher than the national average and is up by 11 percent since 2000. That's the bottom line from a report on children's health across the country called "Kids Count."

The report says one out of every nine children in the state has at least one parent who is unemployed. And since the housing market crashed in 2007, 10 percent have lived in a home that has been foreclosed.

More than one of three children live in single-parent homes - that's also above the national average. The report claims the increase in poverty has wiped out many of the gains that were made in the late 1990's.

There were some good points, however. The number of teens giving birth has dropped, and the rate of teens who have dropped out of high school has been cut by nearly half.

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