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US Teen Births At Record Low

Dropped by half since 1991

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HYATTSVILLE, Md., May 24 (UPI) — The U.S. teen birth rate dropped by half since the 1991 high of 62 per 1,000 teens ages 15-19 to a record low of 31 per 1,000 teens in 2011, officials say.

Brady E. Hamilton, T.J. Mathews and Stephanie J. Ventura of the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said their report showed the most recent decline in U.S. teen childbearing of 25 percent from 2007-11 were sustained, widespread and broad-based, but followed a long-term trend. However, the overall decline from 1991 was briefly interrupted in 2006 and 2007.