Child Poverty Imposes Heavy Cost on U.S.

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A new study published in Social Work Research finds that childhood poverty cost the U.S. more than $1 trillion in 2015, representing 5.4 percent of GDP. Researchers pointed to a lack of applicable job skills among workers who grow up poor, increased health risks, and higher crime rates as drivers of the high economic cost. They also find that each dollar invested to reduce child poverty would save the country at least seven dollars.

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