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Child poverty down in Nebraska, but still above pre-recession levels

Child poverty down in Nebraska, but still above pre-recession levels

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LINCOLN — New U.S. Census Bureau figures show child poverty in Nebraska has dropped slightly but still remains higher than prior to the recession.

From 2011 to 2012, the rate of Nebraska children in poverty dropped slightly from 18.1 percent to 17.9 percent.

But the rate of children living below the poverty line is still significantly higher than prior to 2010, according to Voices of Children, a Ralston-based advocacy group.

Data released on Thursday also showed that the percentage of children who lack health insurance rose slightly, from 5.9 percent in 2011 to 6 percent in 2012.

Voices for Children Executive Director Carolyn Rooker called the figures a “mixed bag” for the state because poverty dropped only slightly and because more children may be going without necessary health care.

“If we rounded up all of the children living below the poverty line in our state and put them in one place, they’d still nearly fill Memorial Stadium,” Rooker said in a press release.

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