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  • Marian Wright Edelman 09/30/11
    Child Watch® Column: "National and State Safety Nets Fail to Catch Millions of Children"
    The Children's Defense Fund has launched a new series of stories on our web site featuring children and their parents who have fallen on very hard times. They are the real faces and fears behind our disgraceful national child poverty statistics – 16.4 million poor children living in the richest nation on earth.
  • 09/29/11
    "Lost Decade" for Young People and Young Families with Children
    Young families with children, along with racial minorities and youth, have been hit the hardest by the economic downturn widening already existing inequalities. The Great Recession of 2007-2009 has caused nine million more Americans to fall in to poverty in the past three years, 2.6 million Americans this year alone, raising the total number of Americans in poverty to a new record high of 46.2 million people.
  • 09/29/11
    The Deterioration in the Labor Market Fortunes of America's Young Adults During the Lost Decade of 2000 – 2010
    The decade of 2000-2010 was in many respects a lost decade for the U.S. economy, especially in terms of its labor market performance. Total wage and salary payroll employment (private and public sector combined) failed to experience any net growth over the decade.
  • 09/29/11
    State Child Poverty Fact Sheets
    These 50-state charts provide an overview of child poverty in 2010, including the number and percent of children under 18 and under six living in poverty, extreme poverty, and the number and percent of poor White, Black and Hispanic children.
  • 09/29/11
    Changes in the Weekly and Annual Earnings of Young Adults from 1979 – 2010: Progress and Setbacks Amidst Widening Inequality
    The 2000-2010 decade has been referred to as a "Lost Decade" for the U.S. economy. It was the first time in post-World War II history that the nation ended the decade with fewer payroll wage and salary jobs than when the decade began in 2000, and employment rates for all those under 55 years of age fell over the ten-year period.
  • 09/29/11
    The Continued Collapse of the Nation's Teen Summer Job Market: Who Worked in the Summer of 2011?
    The Continued Collapse of the Nation's Teen Summer Job Market: Who Worked in the Summer of 2011?Authored by Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada, With Sheila Palma Center for Labor Market StudiesNortheastern University
  • 09/29/11
    The Impact of Rising Poverty on the Nation's Young Families and Their Children, 2000 – 2010
    Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau released its findings on the annual incomes, earnings, and poverty status of the nation's population in 2010. On the poverty front, the news was not good. For the third straight year in a row, the number of people of all ages living in poverty rose, reaching 46.2 million individuals in 2010, a record high number, equivalent to 15.1 percent of the national population.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 09/23/11
    Child Watch® Column: "Is Our Nation on the Titanic?"
    A theologian friend took her car to a Jiffy Lube for servicing. Not having anything to read, she picked up a manual on the coffee table about boating. A chapter on the rules for what happens when boats encounter one another on the open sea described two kinds of craft: burdened and privileged.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 09/16/11
    Child Watch® Column: "Discouraging News on Child Poverty"
    New data just released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals 46.2 million poor people in America, the largest number in the last 52 years. One in three of America's poor were children—16.4 million, over 950,000 more than last year, and 7.4 million children were living in extreme poverty. More than one in three Black children and one in three Hispanic children were poor.
  • 07/18/11
    The State of America's ChildrenĀ® 2011 Report
    CDF's State of America's Children Report is a compilation of the most recent and reliable national and U.S. state research data on child poverty, children's health, child welfare, youth at risk, childhood and youth education, and other key child indicators.
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