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Hawaii ranks low in economic conditions for children

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii ranks in the bottom third of the country in economic conditions for children.

An annual report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Hawaii 34th in economic conditions, including children living in poverty and children whose parents don't have secure jobs.

The study ranked Hawaii 25th on overall child well-being.

The 2013 Kids Count data shows Hawaii made some gains in education. The amount of fourth-graders not proficient in reading and the eighth-graders not proficient in math decreased between 2005 and 2011. There were also more 3- to 4-year olds attending preschool in 2009-2011 than in previous years.

Children in single-parent families and children living in high-poverty areas have increased in recent years.

Hawaii did better in children's health, ranking 18th in the nation.

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