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      SC ranks 45th in kids' ability to succeed

      South Carolina ranks better than just five states in the overall wellbeing of its children.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- South Carolina ranks better than just five states in the overall wellbeing of its children.

      That's according to a new Kids Count survey released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

      South Carolina's overall ranking slipped two spots from last year's report, to 45th overall in children's ability to succeed.

      The report ranked the economic well-being of the state's children at 44th in the country, a drop of nine spots from last year. Sue Williams of the Children's Trust of South Carolina attributed that indicator to high state unemployment, which at 8 percent last month ranked 14th-highest in the nation.

      "South Carolina is not making the kind of effort it needs to make to deal with under achievement in education and child welfare," said John Crangle of Common Cause.

      Sue Williams didn't find the recent stat as a surprise either.

      I wish I could tell you it was just one thing it's multi-faceted. It's education it's poverty it's jobs it's the rural nature of our state having access to services.

      The CEO of Children's Trust of South Carolina works with organizations to keep children safe.

      "There are some great programs out there some wonderful people doing really good work on behalf of children and families there are just too few of them," said Williams.

      There were some improvements, including in children's health. Only 8 percent of the state's children listed as without health insurance in 2011, compared to 13 percent in 2008.