The poverty rate for children in America has risen 22 percent under the Obama presidency – a total of 3 million more, according to the 2015 “Kids Count” report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The number of children in poverty was 18 percent in 2008, the year Obama was elected, and had risen to 22 percent by 2013. The rate did decline from 2012 to 2013 as the economy improved.
The survey found vast differences in the rate of poverty ranging from a low of 10 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 34 percent in Mississippi. Overall, New England and the Upper Midwest had the lowest rates, while the Southeast and Southwest were highest.