Poverty, unemployment hurt child well-being in state

Michigan's rising poverty and unemployment are troubling trends in the new Kids Count report on child well-being, released recently by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The report ranks Michigan 27th among states in the report that considers 10 indicators of child well-being. The state performed well in reducing teen deaths and high school dropout rates.

"Once again, we're seeing the growing poverty and unemployment as the most negative trends affecting children in Michigan," said Jane Zehnder-Merrell, a senior research associate at the Michigan League for Human Services and director of the Kids Count in Michigan project. "This is a huge concern this year because so many of our programs aimed at helping vulnerable children are eyed for cuts to balance the state budget."

Michigan ranked 41st for the percent of children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment. The state's percentage of children living in poverty ranked Michigan 34th overall.

Kids Count in Michigan is a collaboration of the Michigan League of Human Services and Michigan's Children. The project is supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore, The Skillman Foundation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation , and the Michigan Association of United Ways .

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