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'Kids Count' Survey Finds Oregon Families Still Struggling

Oregon’s children and families remain in economic stress despite an improving economy, according data released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The foundation’s annual “kids count” report, ranks states in terms of the well-being of their children and families. It analyzes data on health, education, finances and community collected by states and the feds.

Out of the 50 states, Oregon ranks 32nd overall - so up one spot from last year. But foundation spokesman Laura Speer says in terms of the economic stability of families, it ranked 41st.

Speer said, “In Oregon 37 percent of children lived in households where there was not one parent in the household who had full-time year-round employment. And that’s very high. That rate is among the highest of all states in the country.”

There were some bright spots in the Oregon data. The state ranked 17th overall for the comparative low number of birthweight babies; the high number of children with health insurance; and the low number of teens who abuse drugs or alcohol.

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