(WASHINGTON) -- Teen birth rates dropped in 2009 to the lowest level ever recorded, and the declines occurred over all racial and ethnic groups. Rates have been going down for teens aged 15-17 since 1991 and have been declining consistently for older teens aged 18-19 since 2007.
"We do have data for the first six months, not by age, but just general birth data, for the first six months of 2010 and that showed a continuing decline in births, so that suggests to us that it will probably continue," says Stephanie Ventura of the CDC in Hyattsville, Maryland. She is Chief of Reproductive Statistics with the National Center for Health Statistics.
The birth rate was 39.1 births per thousand females aged 15-19 years old. Rates fell significantly for all age groups and all racial and ethnic groups.
"Very good news because the rate had gone up for a couple of years in the mid-2000s and people were concerned that there, you know, that we might have a reversal in that direction", according to Ventura.
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