Children hammered by recession, report shows

NJ Spotlight reports on a report issued by the Advocates for Children of New Jersey showing that the most recent recession has hit the state’s children hardest.

An annual survey of the wellbeing of children in New Jersey found rising poverty and an increasing inability of families to make ends meet.

The 2013 edition of New Jersey Kids Count, released on Wednesday by Advocates for Children of New Jersey, shows the devastating effects of the most recent recession on the state’s youth and their families. Most of the data covers 2011 and 2012 and measures change during the recession and post-recession period in areas of economics, health, education, and safety.

“While the rankings shift every year, we see certain trends across many counties, including increasing child poverty, unemployment, and high housing costs,” said Cecilia Zalkind, ACNJ’s executive director.

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