Business Insider / Reuters US children now live in households with a higher rate of poverty than in the 1990s, according to a new report.
The study by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the US has more children today than it did 20 or so years ago, and the disparity is growing.
The number of US children living in poverty has tripled over the past 20 years, the report found.
The number of children living below the poverty line has also doubled, and there’s a sharp increase in the percentage of children who are living in homes that are overcrowded.
It’s a big change from the 1990’s, when the US was the most impoverished country in the world.
The CBO’s study says that from 1999 to 2012, the number of poor children grew from 14.5% of children to 23.7% of them.
This means that the number in the US today is more than double the number living in 1980, the year before the Great Recession began.
From 2000 to 2012 the number rose to 46.3% of all children.
The rise in poverty rates has been driven by the increase in families living in low-income households.
This has been exacerbated by the recession, as more families are struggling to make ends meet and fewer people are working.
The average household income in the United States has dropped by over $1,500 since 2000, and more than 60% of families live in poverty.
“The most recent census data from 2010-2011 showed that more than half of American families live below the federal poverty level, and nearly half of all American children live in low income families,” the report reads.
“In 2016, an estimated 11.5 million children in the country lived in poverty, which was more than the number who lived in full-time poverty at the same time.”
According to the study, the increase is not simply due to the recession.
The report cites two factors that may be contributing to the increase.
The first is the rapid growth of the number and type of food stamps that are distributed in the nation.
The report notes that food stamps were introduced in the 1980s to combat a sharp rise in the number of food stamp recipients in the rural areas of the country.
Since then, the numbers of recipients have exploded.
“Food stamp use has increased by nearly 10 million since 2000,” the study said.
“In 2016 alone, approximately 7.7 million households received SNAP benefits.”
The CBO says that these SNAP benefits are not only being used to feed people but also to make up for lost wages and lost productivity.
In the short term, the food stamp program may be reducing the amount of poverty for some families, but over time it may be hurting the economy, the CBO says.
“It’s possible that SNAP benefits could be exacerbating the economic challenges of working families and communities,” the CBO study says.
“If SNAP is not used effectively, it could have the opposite effect, further exacerbating poverty and inequality.”
The report also says that more families have moved out of poverty.
According to data from the Census Bureau, the share of households living in poor families has dropped from 29.9% in 2000 to 21.1% in 2016.
While it’s still a big number, it’s not as big as the number from 20 years earlier.
A study published by the University of Michigan in 2017 found that the share in poverty dropped from 14% in 1990 to 4.7%, or 1.7%.
The increase in poverty was largely driven by a shift away from single-parent households to a “family structure” of multiple parents and single-child families.
“Although the rise in children living at or below the national poverty line is substantial, the rate of increase is significantly higher among families headed by a single mother than among families with two or more children,” the Brookings Institution’s William Frey and Peter Breen wrote in a 2015 study.
“The number and growth of children in families headed exclusively by a mother, or single mothers, has increased substantially in the last 15 years, from 11.9 million in 1990, to 31.9,000 in 2016.”