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Kids Count study indicates Indiana families in worse shape than previous years

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- How well are Indiana kids and families doing? Indiana just released new information on the state of Indiana's children.

The data takes up more than 120 pages, and covers things like poverty and teen birth rates.

It takes a long time for the data to be compiled, so much of the data is from 2013. 

The data shows the number of children living in poverty in the state increased to 21.9 percent, but that is still slightly lower than the national average of 22.2 percent.

We focused on data in our viewing area for Clark, Jefferson, Floyd, Scott, Harrison and Washington counties. Statewide, there were 17,374 cases of child neglect. Of those cases, 242 were in Clark County, 130 in Floyd.

There were more than 3,700 cases of child sexual abuse in Indiana, 60 of those in Clark County, 16 in Floyd.

We learned that 41 percent of Indiana children get free lunches, which is up from 36 percent in 2010. In our area, Scott County is the highest with nearly half of all children getting free lunches at 49 percent. Harrison County has the lowest number at close to 33.9 percent.

Teen birth rates are down about 4.5 percent across the state. They are down in Harrison, Clark, Floyd and Washington counties, but up in Jefferson and Scott.

The unemployment rate is down in all six counties and on average statewide, from 10 percent in 2010 to 7.5 percent in 2013.

This data is compiled nationwide it is not clear yet when Kentucky's stats will be released. 

To take a further look at the information for Indiana, click here.

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