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The State of Childhood Poverty in the United States and California by Julian Omidi

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While there have been many signs of recovery in the United States economy, recently released statistics from the Urban Institute have uncovered that poverty is still striking children at an alarming rate. According to these newly released findings approximately 20% of children in the United States currently live in poverty. Here are some of the additional statistics:

• A 71% increase was seen in the number of children living with an unemployed parent from 2007 to 2011.
• 2.7 million more children in 2012 lived with an unemployed parent during a typical month this year than in a typical month in 2007.
• 9% of children in the United States lived unemployed parents.
• 27 states in the U.S. qualify as having high childhood poverty rates, compared to 14 states before the 2007 recession.

Childhood poverty is a significant problem for those living in the state of California as well, where the number of children with unemployed parents has followed the national trend. Since 2007 the number of children in California with unemployed parents has risen from 535,900 to 1,008,000, a growth of over 88%. Additionally the number of individuals receiving food stamps as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as SNAP) has seen an increase of 93% from 2007 to 2012.

Childhood poverty in Sacramento is also of great concern. Within the region of Sacramento (which includes cities located in Sacramento County) over 113,000 children live in poverty. This number equates to about 22% of local children living in poverty, which is very near to the national average.

In the city of Los Angeles childhood poverty is an equally large issue. Statistics published in 2010 provided the startling result that about 24% of children in Los Angeles lives in poverty.

The Omidi Brothers will continue to fight poverty throughout the United States and close to home in Los Angeles through No More Poverty. With your help in assisting charities that focus on relieving childhood poverty, together we will make a difference.

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