(LAS VEGAS, KXNT, ASSOCIATED PRESS)–The number of children living in poverty in Nevada climbed 8.4 percentage points during the economic downturn and remained above the national average in 2012.

Nearly one in four Nevada kids–23.4%–are living under the poverty line.

The findings are in the  Nevada KIDS COUNT 2013 Data Book , released Wednesday by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The center’s director, Stephen Brown, says the poverty statistic points to an uneven recovery that hadn’t reached into some demographic sectors in 2012. He said a broader-based recovery in 2013 might help reduce the figure in next year’s report.

Among other findings in the study:

  • Nevada’s high school dropout rate decreased from 4.1 percent in 2010-2011 to 3.9 percent in 2011-2012.
  • The percent of low birth weight babies was 8.2 percent for 2009-2011, and 8.1 percent from 2010-2012.
  • The child death rate decreased from 17.6 deaths per 100,000 children for 2009-2011 to 16.3 deaths for 2010-2012.
  • The teen birthrate for 2010-2012 was 34.7 births per 1,000 females ages 15-19, down from 38.5 for 2009-2011.

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