WASHINGTON - A new report shows that teen pregnancies are on the decline.
Teen pregnancies fell 2.5 percent in the most recent nationwide analysis by the Center for Disease Control.
The number of teen pregnancies has dropped to an average of 41 births among every 1,000 teens.
The CDC says the rate was highest in the south, and lowest in the northeast and upper midwest.
That followed an increase in 2005-2007, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. The findings are important as teen parents are less likely to pursue higher education, their children are less likely to be healthy, and they earn less on average than people who have children later.
Education and income, sexual activity and contraceptive use, and attitudes among teens toward pregnancy and childbearing are all factors, the CDC researchers said.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
A 4-year-old Pasco County boy is dead. According to family members, doctors suspect he contracted bacterial meningitis, He started showing symptoms Saturday night.