Wednesday, December 22, 2010

15 To 19 Year Old Teen Birth Rates At 70 Year Low

From "Teen Births Hit Low in Hard Times" by Mike Esterl in The Wall Street Journal:
The birth rate among U.S. teenagers fell to a record low in 2009, and some experts attributed the decline to the recession.

The overall birth rate in the U.S. dropped 4% to a historic low last year, to 13.5 per 1,000 people from 14.0 in 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. But a steeper decline occurred among those 15 to 19 years old, with the rate falling 6% to 39.1 births per 1,000 females in that age group, the lowest in seven decades of tracking. Rates among teens of all ages, races and ethnic groups also hit record lows in 2009.

Read the complete article here.

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