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Published March 16, 2011, 05:21 PM

Report: Child Poverty Rate Rose in Minnesota

A new report finds Minnesota's child poverty rate jumped to 14 percent in 2009, with minority families faring worst.

By: Associated Press,

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new report finds Minnesota's child poverty rate jumped to 14 percent in 2009, with minority families faring worst.

The state branch of the Children's Defense Fund released its annual Kids Count report Wednesday. The report finds that while Minnesota had the nation's fifth-lowest poverty rate for white children in 2009, Minnesota's child poverty rate for Asian-Americans was the highest in the nation while the state's rate for African-American children was fifth highest.

The research director of Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, Kara Arzamendia, tells the Star Tribune the racial divide is one of several showing a widening gap between haves and have-nots in Minnesota.

The latest report finds that many families can't keep up, despite full-time work.

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