TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A new report says from 2008 to 2013 the percentage of Kansas children in poverty went up.
The annual Kansas Kids Count report says Kansas was 15th on overall child well-being looking at families’ economic well-being, community and family structure and children’s educational progress and health.
The report covers data from 2013, the most recent available.
It says in Kansas, 19 percent of children lived in poverty in 2013, compared with 15 percent in 2008.
The reports also says 24 percent had a parent who didn’t have full-time, year-round employment.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 6 percent of Kansas teenagers weren’t either in school or working.
Kansas was also ninth in the country on economic well-being based on the percentage of children living in poverty.