Thursday, June 12, 2008

Why am I not surprised?

Oklahoma 43rd in national child health report

Associated Press - June 12, 2008 1:55 AM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A national report that examines the well-being of children has ranked Oklahoma 43rd for key child-health factors.

The 2008 Kids Count Data Book released today measures states in 10 categories. It is produced annually by the Maryland-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Oklahoma's ranking in the report has dropped from 38th in 2003. The state ranked 42nd last year.

According to the report, the percentage of Oklahoma children in poverty increased by 26% in 2006. Poverty is defined in the report as an annual income of $20,444 for a family that includes two adults and two children.

The state's rankings also dropped in categories including the percentage of children in single-parent families, teen and child death rates, percentage of low birth weight babies and percentage of children living in families with no parent having a full-time, year-round job.
It's not all bad news though:
Oklahoma's rankings improved in teen birth rate, infant mortality rate, the percentage of teens not going to school or working and the teen dropout rate.
Given the current economy, I'm expecting the percentage of kids in poverty in our state to continue increasing.

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