Report: Georgia dips to No. 42 nationally on child well-being

Georgia continues to have a high percentage of children in living in poverty and parents who lack secure employment, according to new report.

The annual Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed Georgia dropped two spots to rank 42nd among states, with neighboring South Carolina coming in at 41st. The annual report focuses on key trends in child well-being that include education, health and economic well-being.

In Georgia, the percentage of children living in poverty has worsened since 2008, with 26 percent of the state’s children — an estimated 646,000 — living in poverty in 2014. The percentage of children whose parents lack secure unemployment also increased to 31 percent or about 783,000 children for the same time period.

Georgia did, however, see improvement in some education categories, with the percentage of high school students who don’t graduate on time decreasing.

To find out more about how Georgia fared in the report, check out the Annie E. Casey Foundation website.

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