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Report: More Oregon Families Sinking in Recession

January 27, 2009

Portland, OR – Oregon families are struggling to stay afloat, and many are beginning to sink. That's the bleak picture painted by a new report from Children First for Oregon. The group's policy director, Cathy Kaufmann, says personal bankruptcies in Oregon have increased 20 percent since last year, while unemployment claims have increased 60 percent.

"I think we were all braced for families to be struggling financially, but it's still shocking nonetheless to see the degree to which it's happening across the state."

Kaufmann says about 17 percent of Oregon's children are currently living in extreme poverty, while more than 12 percent are without any health care coverage. Those numbers are worse, she says, outside big communities.

"We continue to be concerned about kids in our rural counties. They experience higher levels of poverty; they experience higher levels of un-insurance."

Children First for Oregon says measures under consideration by the Oregon legislature to expand both health coverage for uninsured children and employee-funded paid family leave would benefit families and local economies across the state.

Read the full report on the Children First for Oregon Web site, at

Bruce Kennedy, Public News Service - OR