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US teen birthrate hits record low in 2011

By Owen Weldon     May 23, 2013 in Health
The teen birthrate in the United States set another new record low in 2011, according to the latest federal data released on Thursday.
According to USA Today, in 2011 the teen birthrate was 31.3 births per 1,000 women who are between the ages of 15 and 19. The new rate is just about half of the rate in 1991, which was 61.8 births per 1,000 teens, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to MSNBC, the agency reports that declines in teen birthrates are widespread, as well as broad-based and sustained.
According to NPR, the report also revealed that seven states saw rates fall less than 30% during 2007-2011, with Arizona and Utah seeing the most decline in rates.
Experts have said that such factors that play a role in the declines include a weak economy as well as educational efforts about the consequences of pregnancy as well as the costs associated with pregnancy.
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