OMAHA A new government report shows that teen pregnancy rates continue to decline.
Since peaking in 1957 teen birth rates have continued to drop in the United States. According to the report from the National Center for Health Statistics those numbers dropped once again in 2012, the most recent available data for states.
Nebraska and Iowa followed suit with the lowest numbers on record. Births per 1,000 teenagers in Nebraska have lowered to 26, in Iowa the number is closer to 24. The national average remains higher than either of our local states with 29 births per 1,000 teenagers.
According to statistics four million fewer babies were born in the United States in the past decade.
Experts say that more widespread birth control is a major factor in the latest numbers.