The teen birth rate dropped by two percent in 2008, reversing two years of increased rates, according to a new report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Statistics. The report, “Births: Preliminary Data for 2008,” analyzed 99.9% of birth records in 2008 and found the teen birth rate to be 41.5 per 1,000 teenagers ages 15-19 years. This is down from the 42.5 in 2007 and 41.9 in 2006. The birth rate for older teenagers, age 18-19, declined by four percent to 70.7 births per 1,000. The birth rate for Hispanic teenagers decreased to 77.4 births per 1,000, the lowest birth rate reported for this group in the two decades of data.
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