For all the improvements, the 2014 Kids Count report offered powerful reminders as to why Georgia has consistently ranked among the worst in the country in the economic well-being, education and living conditions of children.
The percent living in poverty rose to 27 percent in 2012, up from 20 percent in 2005. The percentage of children whose parents lack secure employment rose from 28 percent in 2008 to 33 percent in 2012.
“Georgia has a higher than average unemployment rate and a history of persistent and generational poverty,” Rice said. “There’s still work to do.”
Massachusetts, Vermont and Iowa were at the top of the ranking. Mississippi and New Mexico stood at the bottom.