In a 30 year study of homicides from 1981-2010, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control show homicide rates on a decline, although slowing in the past few years.
Results from the study show the youth homicide rate in 2010 (7.5 per 100,000) was the lowest in the 30 years examined.
The CDC says rates have declined since 1994, but the decline has slowed in recent years, especially for groups at high risk for violence.
Still, youth homicides resulted in more than 4,800 deaths and an estimated $9 billion in lost productivity and medical costs for 2010.
Officials say homicide still ranks in the top three leading causes of death for young people.
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