How Will Recession Affect CA’s Kids? New Projections Point to Impact

Our foundation just released this concerning piece of news: More than a quarter of California’s children could be living below the stringent federal poverty level this year, according to new projections from a Duke University study that was commissioned by our foundation.

The projections suggest that as many as 2.7 million California children may live in households where earnings are less than $22,000 per year for a family of four, an increase of about 850,000 children since 2008. Research shows that, on average, families in California need to earn at least twice the federal poverty level to cover their basic expenses.

Also of concern: Even if the economy recovers in the next few years, the impact of the recession on children’s well-being will likely be lasting, as the projected percent of children living in poverty in 2012 still will be higher than before the downturn, as the table below shows:

Region 2008 Poverty Level 2010 Projections 2012 Projections
California 18.5% 27% 24%
Los Angeles County 22% 35% 30-32%
The Bay Area 8-13% 15-16% 13-14%

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Posted by Andy Krackov

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