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Hispanic teen birth rate decreased dramatically

The teen birth rate in America has been dropping since 1991 and, the latest numbers show, continues to decrease. In 22 states, Hispanic teen birth rates plunged at least 40 percent, astounding the study's lead author. 

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Teen birth rates have continued to decline, says a new government study. Here, Courtney Smith, 18, takes a seat at Central High School in St. Joseph, Mo. But what sets her apart from most girls is she's also caring for her 3-month-old daughter. May 9.

Associated Press

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The nation's record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government report.

All states but West Virginia and North Dakota showed significant drops over five years. But the Mountain States of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah saw rates fall by 30 percent or more.

 

In 22 states, teen Hispanic birth rates plunged at least 40 percent, which was described as "just amazing," by the report's lead author, Brady Hamilton of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What's driving the declines? No one can say for sure. Experts believe the explanation is complicated and probably varies a bit from state to state. The national figure has been falling since 1991, aside from a brief interruption in 2006 and 2007.

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