Kids Count Findings

By: Lori Dougovito Email
By: Lori Dougovito Email

Michigan's struggling economy is hurting Michigan children. That's according to National Kids Count data released on Wednesday. The data shows how states compare in key areas.

Child poverty is the most pressing issue this year. Between 2000 and 2005, there has been a 36% increase in child poverty. That's triple the national increase of 12% during the same time period.

"Essentially, one in every five kids in Michigan lives in poverty," says Director of Kids Count in Michigan, Jane Zehnder-Merrell.

New this year is child welfare statistics. Kids Count Data shows roughly 28,000 Michigan children spent at least some time in foster care in 2004, almost half of whom were over the age of 11.

Michigan's infant mortality rate decreased slightly in the recent years, but it still earned the state's worst ranking. Each year, nearly 1,000 Michigan infants die before their first birthday. State data shows the infant mortality rate for African Americans is triple that of white infants.

Not all the news is bad; teen high school drop out rates decreased and less teens are getting pregnant.


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