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Indiana’s child poverty rate is significantly worse than a decade ago according to new data released Wednesday.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charity organization focused on families and children, says 20 percent of Hoosier children lived in poverty in 2009, the most recent year for which data is available. That’s up from 14 percent in 2000.
Indiana Youth Institute President Bill Stanczykiewicz says that figure isn’t only a result of the recent recession.
“When you look at the dislocation of the manufacturing sector, you look at the lower levels of education for our adult population compared to other states and when you look at the increase in the number of children living in single-parent households,” he said, “those factors add up to the increase in Indiana’s child poverty rate over the last decade.”
Stanczykiewicz says there is no “magic bullet” solution and that the problem must be faced at the individual, family, community and governmental levels.