A new government study conducted by the US National Center for Health Statistics has established that teen pregnancy in the United States has dropped dramatically, especially among Hispanics.
The data that is part of the Annual Summary of Vital Statistics: 2010-2011 showed that between 1991 and 2011 adolescent pregnancies decreased by 50 percent, going from 62 to 31 births per 1,000 adolescents annually. The study noted the largest decline in teen pregnancy in the Hispanic group. Between 2007 and 2011, the percentage of pregnancies among young women fell by 34 percent, to 4 percent of pregnancies among African Americans.
In 1991, 104.6 pregnancies were reported for every 1,000 teenage Latinas, in 2011 the number had dropped to 49.4. However, the study did not look at the reasons for the decrease in the numbers of these pregnancies. Even with this decrease, the United States remains at the top of the nations with the highest rate of teenage pregnancies among developed nations: while in the United States there are 31 pregnancies per 1,000 adolescents annually, in Japan the figure is 4.9.