(WASHINGTON) -- There are now more Latino children living in poverty in the U.S. than any other ethnic group of poor youngsters.
According to a Pew Research Center report, it's the first time that white children have not been the biggest group of kids living in poverty.
Pew estimates that 6.1 million Latino children are poor, with those living in single-mother households in the majority. About two-thirds of poor Latino youngsters are the kids of immigrants.
Meanwhile, Hispanics are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, now representing 16.3 percent of all people in the U.S.
During the recession years of 2007 to 2009, the childhood poverty rate for Latinos jumped by 36.3 percent compared to 17.6 percent for whites and 11.7 percent for blacks.
However, the overall rate of black children living in poverty is still higher than Latinos, 39 percent to 35 percent. The rate for white youngsters is 12.4 percent.
Currently, the poverty rate in the U.S. stands at 15.1 percent with 22 percent of all children living under the poverty line.
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