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Youth homicide rate hits 30-year low, but it's not good news for everyone

The homicide rate for individuals aged 10 to 24 was 7.5 per 100,000 young people in 2010, according to a new study. Overall however, declines in the rate have slowed since 2000.

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Youth homicide rates have hit a 30-year low, according to a new CDC report. After a sharp increase in the late 1980s and early 1990s – hitting a high in 1993 – the homicide rate has continued to fall, but since 2000, the decline has slowed considerably, dropping only about 1 percent per year.

Rich Clabaugh/Staff

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Youth homicide rates have hit a 30-year low, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that examined data from 1981 to 2010.

After a sharp increase in the late 1980s and early 1990s – hitting a high in 1993 – the rate has continued to fall.

That's the good news. But homicides, about 80 percent of them due to firearms, are still identified as one of the three leading causes of death for youths aged 10 to 24, the age range used in the study. And since 2000, the decline has slowed considerably, dropping only about 1 percent a year.

 
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