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Georgia teen birth rate remains high

June 11, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- Georgia made significant progress in reducing the infant mortality rate between 1990 and 2000 but its birthrate for teen mothers remains one of the highest in the nation, according to a report released today.

An advocacy group that tracks the well-being of children said in its latest "Kids Count" report that Georgia scored improvements in nine of the ten categories it measures but still has much to do.

Overall, the state ranked 41st in the nation in the report.

Kids Count is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a Baltimore-based organization launched by one of the founders of United Parcel Service to improve the condition of children throughout the country.

According to the report, Georgia's infant mortality rate declined from 12.4 per 1,000ousand live births in 1990 to 8.5 per 1,000in 2000.

The organization cited that statistic as one of the most improved indicators of child well-being in the state. But even with an improved mortality rate, Georgia still ranked 41st in the nation in that category.

The best infant mortality rate -- 4.6 per 1,000 -- was in Massachusetts. The worst was 10.7per 1,000 in Mississippi. The report rated Georgia 44th in the nation in teen birthrate.

 In 2000, Georgia had 36 births per one-thousand among females ages 15-to-17, compared to the national average of 27 births per 1,000. 

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