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The CDC previously has reported on the percentage of U.S. births to unmarried mothers. The new report gathers previously released information from other countries to make an international comparison.
The report shows trends from 1980 to the most recent years available -- 2007 for the United States and most of the other countries, but 2006 for six nations.
Japan had the lowest percentage of unmarried births, with 2 percent in 2007, up from 1 percent in 1980.
Increases were much more dramatic in the other countries, with Italy rising from 4 percent to 21 percent, Ireland from 5 percent to 33 percent, Canada from 13 to 30 percent, and the United Kingdom from 12 percent to 44 percent.
The U.S. proportion of unmarried births rose from 18 percent to 40 percent during that period, according to the report.
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The CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/
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