Oregon ranks 32nd in U.S. for children living in poverty

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SALEM, Ore. — An annual ranking of the well-being of American children says Oregon’s kids live in poverty, with families that are underemployed and have high housing costs.

The annual Kids Count survey puts Oregon at 41st in economic well-being, and 32nd out of all states.

The research shows that about 37 percent of Oregon children have parents who lack secure employment, and 24 percent live in poverty. Oregon’s child poverty rate is up from 18 percent in 2005.