- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The number of New Mexico children living in poverty is rising, and advocates say that doesn’t bode well for the state.

An annual report on the well-being of children finds more living in poverty even as the nation’s economy continues to recover from the 2008 recession.

The latest Kids Count Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows 31 percent of New Mexico’s children are living in poverty. That’s up from 24 percent in 2008.

And more than one-third of New Mexico children have parents who lack secure employment.

Overall, the state remains stalled at 49th in the nation again this year.

The advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children says solutions include ensuring children have quality learning experiences and that parents have opportunities to improve their situations.

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