SALEM, Ore. - An annual ranking of the well-being of American children shows Oregon's are suffering from poverty, underemployment and high housing costs.
The annual Kids Count survey from the Annie E. Casey Foundation puts Oregon at 41st in economic well-being, 32nd overall.
The project is in its 25th year. It tracks 16 indicators of child well-being.
This year's ranking, released Monday, showed about 37 percent of Oregon children have parents who lack secure employment, and 24 percent live in poverty. Oregon's child poverty rate is up from 18 percent in 2005.