WASHINGTON (AP) — New U.S. Census figures show the number of school-age children living in poverty jumped significantly in Washington and in Montgomery County during the recession.

In the District of Columbia, the rate increased from 25.4 percent in 2007 to 30.5 percent in 2010. The Washington Examiner reports that the district is one of 73 jurisdictions nationwide to surpass the 30-percent poverty mark for children ages 5 to 17.

In Montgomery County, the poverty rate increased from 5.4 percent in 2007 to 9 percent in 2010. That’s an increase of more than 6,500 children.

Economist Anirban Basu of the Sage Policy Group says the district was hit hard because of the downturn in retail, construction and real estate. He says Montgomery’s figures reflect its booming immigrant population.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. oscar says:

    That’s cause the tree jumpers just won’t use birth control the ignorant raisin heads.

  2. Agrinio says:

    Yeah, 8 of heavy wet stuff which froze to the ground hard. Power faeulris. And through it all, I had to drive to Portland to pick up the kid (normally a 3 hr drive, it was almost 5 to get there and 4 to get back). Saw 6 cars off the road. Rte 95 was one lane almost all the way down.BTW, my Santa Fe is awesome in the snow. All wheel drive, with anti-lock braking (and I needed the latter when the car 2 ahead of me lost control on a local road). I need some fancy winter windshield wipers, though seeing was a constant challenge through all the semi-freezing yuck thrown on the windshield.Feeling kind of burned out today. Fortunately, I don’t have to do any feast making until tomorrow.

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