November 18, 2011
U.S. Birth Rates Dropped Again In 2010
According to a federal report released Thursday, birth rates for young mothers in the U.S. hit new lows in 2010.
Health officials said that the U.S. birth rate dropped for the third straight year, with declines for most ages and all races.
They said that teens and women in their early 20s had the most dramatic drop to the lowest rates since record-keeping started in the 1940s.
Experts believe the economy drove down birth rates in 2008 and 2009 as women put off having children.
U.S. births hit an all-time high in 2008 with over 4.3 million children being born. Over the next two years, the number dropped to about 4.2 million and then about 4.1 million.
The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that in 2010, births dropped 9 percent from 2009.
The CDC said that the birth rate for unmarried mothers dropped to 47.7 per 1,000 unmarried mothers in 2010, compared to 49.9 in 2009.
The report also found that the birth rate for teenagers between the ages 15 and 19 has declined for the last three years and 17 out of the past 19 years.
The CDC's report is based on an analysis of about 100 percent of birth records collected in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
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