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New Mexico’s Kids Take A Hit During Recession

September 23, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The ongoing recession is affecting New Mexico's children. According to newly-released Census data, income and jobs were down from 2009 to 2010. The poverty rate for New Mexico children went up two percent while the employment rate in the state decreased by the same amount.

Gerry Bradley, research director for New Mexico Voices for Children, says this circumstances will affect many New Mexico families.

"We have conditions for employment that are not that good; we have rising unemployment and falling incomes, so that children are definitely going to be affected by the economic conditions of their families."

Bradley says the Census Bureau also discovered some new trends in the numbers of those who have or don't have health insurance.

"Private employers are employing fewer people, and even the ones that are carrying insurance for their employees are dropping it, so what we have got is a reverse process. We have fewer people covered by private insurance and more people covered by public insurance."

The new numbers now put the state's poverty rate at 20 percent and the number of New Mexicans with jobs at 54 percent.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - NM