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Thursday July 14, 2011

20% Teen Pregnancy Rate & 29% Teen Unemployment Worrisome for Dominican Republic’s Future

20% Teen Pregnancy Rate & 29% Teen Unemployment Worrisome for Dominican Republic’s Future

Photo: Dominican Teens Face High Unemployment

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The UN Population Fund (UNFP) is reporting on two fronts that Dominican Republican teens are facing large obstacles with a high unemployment rate and high teen pregnancy rate.

Over 20% of all Dominican teens have either been pregnant or are pregnant which is a rate that is above the Latin American average.  The report sites poverty, lack of education and job opportunities as the leading causes for this high pregnancy rate.

In terms of employment, the report also paints a bleak picture.  The country’s teens have a 29% unemployment rate or approximately 810,000 teens are with out work. 

Angela Polanco, speaking for UNFPA said that the government needs to implement more formal and informal policies to provide more information and access to family planning to youths through government programs, as reported in Hoy. UNFPA advocates more integral sex education in schools and better general instruction. Statistics show that the more educated the person, the less likely the person is to be a pregnant teen statistic.

Jose Miguel Guzman, chief of the Population and Development Branch of the UNFPA in New York highlighted that the large number of youths that are not studying nor working is a time bomb.