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Number of poor children in USA rises for the first time in eight years
Detail: For the first time in eight years the number of American children living below the poverty line has increased, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. While the increase is slight, from 11.6 million children in 2000 to 11.7 million in 2001, the total numbers are still huge. The number of poor children living in extreme poverty has increased even more from 4.8 million in 2000 to 5.1 million in 2001.


Source: Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC. Contact: Patricia Alford Williams, 202-662-3613; The full press release is on http://www.childrensdefense.org/release020924.php
Date: September 24 2002