More children live in poverty today than during the 2008 recession

Hispanic and American Indian children were more than twice as likely to live in poverty than white children, according to the report by the Casey FoundationThere are nearly two million more children living in poverty in the U.S. today than during the 2008 recession, shocking new figures reveal.

Nearly a quarter of youngsters (22 per cent, or around 18.7million children) – were classed as living below the poverty line in 2013.

This has risen from 18 per cent in 2008 (16million youngsters), according to the Casey Foundation’s 2015 Kids Count Data Book.

The report also highlighted disparities between white children and those from other racial groups.

It found that black, Hispanic and American Indian children are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than white children.

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