Births to single teens who have not completed 12 years of school

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Why This Indicator Matters

Giving birth during the teen years has been linked with increased medical risks and emotional, social,
and financial costs to the mother and her children. Becoming a teen mom before completing high school reduces the likelihood of finishing high school, as well as whether she goes to college, and the type of job she will get.  For more info see: 

CDC: Pregnancy in Young Teens

What the Data Shows

For the state as a whole, the teen birth rate to teens who have not graduated college has been declining steadily.  For the five year period ending in 2016, the annual average number of births to teens who had not finished high school was approximately half what it was for the five year period ending in 2008: 500 births in 2008 vs 252 in 2016.
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