New American Community Survey (ACS) data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 17, 2020 show child poverty at 16.8 percent in 2019, down from 18 percent in 2018. Sub-national patterns in child poverty remain intact; for example, higher in rural and urban places than in the suburbs. Importantly, 2019 child poverty declines are likely now outdated due to the COVID-19-related recession, the effects of which may last years. For instance, child poverty had still not yet returned to pre-Great Recession rates from 2007 in all states by 2019, illustrating that recovery in child poverty can be a long process.
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Carson, Jessica A. and Boege, Sarah, "New Data Show One-in-Six Children Were Poor Before COVID-19 Pandemic" (2020). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. 417.
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