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Births to unmarried girls and women reached their highest levels in 2006 since the government began tracking such statistics in 1940. Unmarried girls and women accounted for 38.5 percent of all U.S. births last year, up from 36.9 percent in 2005, the CDC said. Among blacks, they accounted for 70.7 percent of births. Among Hispanics, it was 49.9 percent and among whites 26.6 percent, the CDC said.

The birth rate for females aged 15 to 19 rose by 3 percent in 2006 from the previous year, to 41.9 live births per 1,000 from 40.5 in 2005. This ends 14 years of declines during which the teen birth rate dropped by 34 percent from a peak of 61.8 births per 1,000 in 1991.

The increases were largest among black teens, whose birth rate climbed 5 percent in 2006 from the prior year. The rate was up 3 percent for white and 2 percent for Hispanic teens. What do you think of society were you live? Let’s hear your opinion in the comments. Photo By:*Independentman*

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