Teen Births Increase

ATLANTA (AP) -- For the first time in 14 years, the nation's teen birth rate is on the rise.

The government says it jumped by three percent from 2005 to 2006.

A co-author of the report at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, "It took us by surprise."

The report also finds that births to unmarried mothers hit a new high. And, the overall birth rate is at its highest level since 1971.

For every 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19, there were 41.9 live births -- up from 40.5 a year earlier.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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