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Teen birth rate hits a record low

The teenage birth rate in the United States fell to a record low in 2011, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers documented an eight-percent drop in teen births between 2010 and 2011, with just over three percent of 15- to 19-year-olds having babies during that period.

This is bad news for Teen Mom producers, but probably good news for everyone else.

Women in their 20s were also less likely to have babies than in previous years, and the birth rate among women in their their late 30s and early 40s actually increased, according to the report.

Researchers say that women in their 20s delaying motherhood and the parallel trend of more women having kids in their 30s and 40s could be the result of a long-struggling economy. "The economy has declined, and that certainly is a factor that goes into people's decisions about having a child," CDC statistician Brady Hamilton, lead author of the new report, told Reuters Health.

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