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Teenage Birth Rate Falls 6 Percent

Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The country’s teenage birth rate hit an all-time low in 2009, a decline that experts say is partly because of the economy. The rate fell to 39 births per 1,000 girls, ages 15 through 19, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was a 6 percent decline from the previous year, and the lowest since officials started tracking the rate in 1940. Experts say that the recent recession drove down births over all and that there is reason to think it affected would-be teenage mothers, too.

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