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      Birth rates for teen moms hit a record low

      A new report by the CDC shows birth rates for teenagers hit a record low in 2011.

      A new report by the CDC shows birth rates for teenagers hit a record low in 2011.

      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the overall birth rate for teens aged 15-19 declined 25-percent from 41.5 per 1,000 teens to 31.3 in 2011.

      Birth rates for teenagers fell for all race and Hispanic origin groups from 1991 through 2011 with much of the decline from 2007 through 2011.

      All states but West Virginia and North Dakota showed significant drops over five years. Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah saw rates fall by 30 percent or more. Michigan birth rates stood at less than 20-percent.

      In 22 states, teen Hispanic birth rates plunged at least 40 percent. Michigan saw the Hispanic birth rate go down by 30 to 39-percent.

      Strong teen pregnancy prevention messages are being credited with the drop in teen birth rates, but the report also shows more teenagers are using birth control.

      "The latest data from the National Survey of Family Growth show increased use of contraception at first sex and the use of dual methods of contraception (that is, condoms and hormonal methods) among sexually active female and male teenagers. Recent data from the Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance Survey also show wide variation across states in the extent to which sexually active teenagers are using the most effective methods of contraception."

      In the 2010 Kids Count report for Michigan, teen birth rates were compared county by county. While Wayne County showed the highest rate in the state at 78.5 per 1,000 teens, several counties in Northern Michigan were not far behind.

      Luce County reported a rate of 73.0, the highest across the northern counties. Teen birth rates in Wexford County stood at 62.5 in the report.

      The lowest teen birth rate in Michigan is Mackinac County at 19.6. Below is a full list of teen pregnancy rates in northern Michigan.

      Antrim 50.5 Benzie 39.0 Charlevoix 31.8 Cheboygan 44.8 Chippewa 46.8 Crawford 66.8 Emmet 36.5 Grand Traverse 39.5 Isabella 19.9 Kalkaska 60.2 Lake 67.9 Leelanau 32.2 Luce 73.0 Mackinac 19.6 Manistee 46.7 Mason 51.2 Mecosta 30.3 Missaukee 47.1 Newaygo 54.8 Osceola 59.3 Presque Isle 31.8 Roscommon 55.6 Wexford 62.5

      The CDC report indicates more teenagers are using birth control. Do you think condoms should be available to students in schools? Tell us what you think by voting in the poll below and leaving your comments.