New data released on September 18, 2014, by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that child poverty fell by 0.4 percentage point between 2012 and 2013, to 22.2 percent. Though still significantly higher than in 2007 when the Great Recession hit (18.0 percent), and higher than at its conclusion (20.0 percent) in 2009, the decline from 2012 may be cause for optimism. Estimates suggest the number of poor children declined by roughly 300,000 between 2012 and 2013.
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Mattingly, Marybeth J.; Carson, Jessica A.; and Schaefer, Andrew P., "Cause for Optimism? Child Poverty Declines for the First Time Since Before the Great Recession" (2014). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. 221.
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