Report says child poverty increasing in Ohio

A report by a child advocacy group says more than a third of Ohio's counties had child poverty rates of 25 percent or higher in 2009, double the number of counties in the category a year earlier.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Saturday that the findings by the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio used U.S. Census estimates to determine at least one in four children were impoverished in 31 counties. The number in 2008 was 15.

Fund executive director Renuka Mayadev says findings show how families have been hurt by the recession.  Overall, 21.6 percent of Ohio children were impoverished.

Estimates were highest, 36.5 percent, in Jackson County in Appalachia. The lowest percentage, 6.4, was in Delaware County in central Ohio.

The numbers were compiled for the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT data book.

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