The impact of the Great Recession continues to be felt by many of Connecticut’s families, with a startling 119,000 of the state’s children under 18 living under the federal poverty line in 2011, according to Poverty Rising Recently in Connecticut, a new report by Connecticut Voices for Children. At the start of the Great Recession, Connecticut had the highest increase in child poverty in the nation, rising from 7.9% in 2007 to 9.3% in 2008. From 2010 to 2011 Connecticut experienced the 5th highest increase in child poverty from 12.8% to 14.9%.
While the increase in child poverty increased more than overall poverty, Connecticut still saw a significant increase in residents living in poverty, rising from 7.3% in 2001 to 10.9% in 2011. That translates into 378,000 residents living below the poverty level in 2011 which was $22,811 for a two-parent household with two children.
The report by Connecticut Voices for Children - Poverty Rising Recently in Connecticut - was released on September 20 and used data from the 2012 American Community Survey for its analysis.