U.S. Teen Birth Rate Declines

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Declines

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Declines

The birth rate for teenagers in the United States is at its lowest level since birth records were started 70 years ago. That fact has come as a surprise to many experts who say that it might be because of the economic recession.

The statistics are in a new report released by a subsidiary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called the National Center for Health Statistics

For teenage girls in the 15 year to 19 year age group, there were 39 babies born for every 1,000 girls. That represents a drop of six percent from 2008 and is the lowest level of births since the government began keeping records on births in 1940.

Health and population experts say that they think that the two years of economic recession from 2007 to 2009 probably had a definite effect on lowering births in all age groups, including teens.

The recession touched just about everyone in America and the stresses from that would be felt by teens as well as by more mature groups.

At the moment, babies born to teen mothers are about ten percent of all of America’s births, but they aren’t the only age group that is having fewer babies. The overall rate of birth is going down as well.

The calendar year that had the highest rate of teenager births was 1957. In that year for each 1,000 girls there were 96 babies born. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that was because it was a different time when women married much younger than today.


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