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1 in 5 teen mothers had second child

WASHINGTON — Almost one-fifth of teenage mothers in the United States give birth to a second child before age 20, limiting the chances of finishing their educations or landing jobs, a government report said.

Although teen birth rates have been falling in the United States for two decades, more than 367,000 girls ages 15 to 19 had children in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Tuesday. About 18 percent of those were repeat births, the Atlanta-based agency said.

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