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Bad News:Idaho’s divorce, abortion, suicide rates increase

TWIN FALLS — The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s 2009 compilation of residents’ vital statistics shows an increase in negative aspects and decrease in positive aspects.

The report says the number of marriages fell almost 6 percent compared to 2008, while the number of divorces increased by about that amount. The Times-News reports that the compilation also found that the number of births in the state fell almost 6 percent while the number of abortions went up 10 percent.

Male suicide rates increased from 26 per 100,000 residents in 2008 to 30 per 100,000 in 2009. Among women, suicide moved from 12th to 10th among leading causes of death with 72 suicides. Almost 3 percent of Idaho’s deaths in 2009 were suicides.

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