It seems the slow economic situation is having at least a few positive effects on society as a whole. The most recent good thing to come out of the economic troubles is a reported decrease in teen pregnancy all across the United States. The official report for teen births in 2010 finally came out and the decreasing trend continued but this time the rate decreased even more rapidly.
According to the research group only about 3% of teenagers end up in a situation where they have children, this is a 9% drop from the previous year and almost 20% lower than two years ago. Overall this is great news because it means that kids are being smarter and safer but at the same time analysts say the economic situation has played a major role in the decrease.
For the past 3 years teenagers have been having children substantially less often, each of the past 3 years has set a record low because many teenagers are simply no longer deciding to have children due to money concerns. This has led to a variety of downstream benefits and overall analysts and experts are simply happy to see the continued trend. No word on how much they expect the teenage birth rate to drop next year but analysts are hopeful that the downward trend will continue for the next few years which will help in a variety of ways and will eventually help lead to economic recovery.