A new report states that the economy and immigration crackdowns are credited for a significant drop in teen pregnancies among nearly all US States.
This week the Centers for Disease Control released data indicating that every state except West Virginia and North Dakota showed significant drops over the past 5 years.
The Hispanic teen birth rate dropped the most of all groups, from 75 to 49 births per 1,000.
Hispanic women have been part of that trend, possibly due to the economy and to illegal immigration crackdowns in some states that reduce the number of young Hispanic females entering the country from Mexico and other nations, John Santelli, Columbia University professor of population and family health told the AP.
Despite the substantial decrease noted in the report, Texas still has the highest rate nearly 43,000 in 2011, and among those, 1/3 were Hispanic teens.
Other notable findings include:
- Mountain states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah saw decreases by 30% or more
- Hispanic teen birth rate dropped by at least 40% in 22 states
- The overall drop in Hispanic birth from 75 to 49 per 1,000 births lowers their teen pregnancy rate to the rate of Blacks, which is 47 per 1000
- Whites continue to have the lowest teen pregnancy rate at 22 births per 1,000
The South continues to be the region with the highest teen pregnancy rate, led by Arkansas and Mississippi, each with rates at 50 per 1,000.
- The majority of the teen pregnancies in Arkansas are to white moms.
- The majority of the teen pregnancies in Mississippi are to black moms.
- Hispanic rates continue to be higher than that of blacks and whites in states with the largest Hispanic populations: California, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Georgia.