Recovery slow to ease child poverty in Nevada

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Updated: 6/18/2014 12:29 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The number of children living in poverty in Nevada climbed 8.4 percentage points during the economic downturn and remained above the national average in 2012.

That was one of the findings of the Nevada KIDS COUNT 2013 Data Book that was released Wednesday by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The center's director, Stephen Brown, says the poverty statistic points to an uneven recovery that hadn't reached into some demographic sectors in 2012. He said a broader-based recovery in 2013 might help reduce the figure in next year's report.

The report found some bright spots for Nevada's children, including a dropout rate that decreased from 4.1 percent in the 2010-2011 school year to 3.9 percent in 2011-2012. The teen birthrate also fell.

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