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Palmetto State: Poor Mom Central

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“IT’S A GREAT DAY …”

South Carolina has the third-highest rate of poor mothers in America, according to data released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau – yet another disappointing economic indicator for the Palmetto State.

A whopping 38.7 percent of South Carolina mothers aged 15-50 live in poverty Рplacing the Palmetto State behind only Montana (41.3 percent) and Mississippi (42 percent).  Nationally, 28.1 percent of mothers are poor.

South Carolina also seems to be cranking out babies at a record clip … at least as far as young mothers are concerned.

According to the Census data, 6.1 percent of women aged 15 to 22 in the Palmetto State have had a baby within the last year – second only to Oklahoma’s 6.3 percent. ¬†That’s well above the national average of 4.2 percent.

Nationally, 73 percent of live births to young mothers are out of wedlock …

FITS has written repeatedly in the past regarding the strain all of this places on taxpayers – as more than half of all live births in South Carolina are covered by Medicaid.

 

 

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