Jun 25, 2013 1:48 AM by Associated Press
UNDATED - An annual survey released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the number of children living in poverty increased to 23 percent in 2011, after the recession.
The Southwest has been hit particularly hard. New Mexico, for the first time, has slipped to worst in the nation when it comes to child well-being.
More than 30 percent of children in the state were living in poverty in 2011 and nearly two-fifths had parents who lacked secure employment, according to this year's Kids Count survey.
Three Southwestern states Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico were ranked in the bottom five overall. Southern states have traditionally filled the majority of those spots in past reports.