According to provisional reports, an estimated 342,000 births occurred in the United States during August 1996. This was a 6-percent decrease from the provisional number of births reported for August 1995 (364,000). The birth rate, 15.2 live births per 1,000 population, was 7 percent lower than the rate for August 1995 (16.3). The fertility rate, 67.7 live births per 1,000 women 15–44 years, was 6 percent lower than the comparable rate for August 1995 (72.1). The seasonally adjusted fertility rate (63.9) was also 6 percent lower than the comparable rate for August 1995 (68.0)
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