Thanks to Chuck Knutson for this article.
The U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 fell to its lowest point in almost 70 years of record-keeping – a decline that stunned experts who believe it’s partly due to the recession.
The birth rate for teenagers fell to 39 births per 1,000 girls, ages 15 through 19, according to a government report released Tuesday. It was a 6 percent decline from the previous year, and the lowest since health officials started tracking the rate in 1940.
Experts say the recent recession – from December 2007 to June 2009 – was a major factor driving down births overall, and there’s good reason to think it affected would-be teen mothers.
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