(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the rate of childbirth in unmarried woman was lower in 2013 than in any year since 2008.
According to data published by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, part of the cause for the statistical drop is likely a large decrease in teen pregnancy. The CDC report showed a 30-percent dip in pregnancy for girls ages 15 to 17, and a 26-percent drop in pregnancy for 18- and 19-year-old girls.
Teens, the CDC said, had the largest percentage drop in pregnancy among any age group between 2007 and 2012.
In adults, unmarried black and Hispanic women saw larger decreases in childbirth rates than white women. Between 2007 and 2012, the rate of childbearing among unmarried black women fell by 11 percent, while the same figure for Hispanic women dropped by 28 percent. Unmarried white women saw just a six-percent drop in childbearing rate.
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