The poverty rate for Latino children in North Carolina has skyrocketed in the past decade–going from 28.3% in 2000 to 42.8% in 2009!
North Carolina is one of three states highlighted in a new report, A Challenge to Our Nation: Improving the Economic Well-Being of Latino Kids. (Maryland and California are the two others.)
From the report:
The average Latino unemployment rate in the United States was 12.1 percent in 2009 and the Latino child poverty rate was 33.1 percent. States like Maryland had one of the lowest Latino unemployment rates of 7.6 percent as well as the lowest Latino child poverty rate of all the states at 14.6 percent. States like California and North Carolina paint another picture. California had one of the highest Latino unemployment rates at 14.7 percent. But the Latino child poverty rate was 27.5 percent there, which is lower than the national average. On the other hand, the Latino unemployment rate of 13.6 percent in North Carolina was also relatively high, but the Latino child poverty rate was 42.3 percent, which is far higher than in California.
Latino child poverty is much higher in North Carolina compared to California even though North Carolina has a lower Latino unemployment rate.