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South Carolina has the third-highest rate of poor mothers in America, according to data released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau – yet another disappointing economic indicator for the Palmetto State.

A whopping 38.7 percent of South Carolina mothers aged 15-50 live in poverty – placing the Palmetto State behind only Montana (41.3 percent) and Mississippi (42 percent). ┬áNationally, 28.1 percent of mothers are poor.

South Carolina also seems to be cranking out babies at a record clip … at least as far as young mothers are concerned.

According to the Census data, 6.1 percent of women aged 15 to 22 in the Palmetto State have had a baby within the last year – second only to Oklahoma’s 6.3 percent. ┬áThat’s well above the national average of 4.2 percent.

Nationally, 73 percent of live births to young mothers are out of wedlock …

FITS has written repeatedly in the past regarding the strain all of this places on taxpayers – as more than half of all live births in South Carolina are covered by Medicaid.