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Teen birth rate steadily dropping in Alaska


KENAI, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s teen birth rate is still dropping.

The state’s rate was 27.8 births per 1,000 teens ages 15-19 in 2014, according to the latest information from the Alaska Section of Epidemiology. The state’s rate is still higher than the national average of 24.2 births per 1,000 in the age group.

But Alaska’s teen births have fallen significantly from 42.6 per 1,000 in 2008, the Peninsula Clarion reported. Nationally, teen births have dropped from 61.8 births per 1,000 teens in 1991.

The numbers only counts live births, not miscarriages, stillbirths or abortions. Th...

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