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Birth Rate is down in South Dakota


The birth rate is down in South Dakota by more than 400 through October of this year.

This continues the states 3 year trend of declining birth rates.

The state health department says there have been 9,594 births through October, down more than 4% from the 5 year average.

South Dakota's lower birth rate mirrors a nationwide plunge in births since 2008, which officials say may be recession-related.

Nebraska is among three states that saw a small increase in their birth rates between 2008 and 2010.

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