The government reports the annual birth rate in the United States fell for the fourth year in a row in 2011 … by one percent. That compares to falling rates of 2 to 3 percent in recent years. Birth rates had been on the rise between the late 1990s and the all-time high of 4.3 million in 2007.
Most striking in the new report were steep declines in Hispanic birth rates and a new low in teen births. Experts say Hispanics have been disproportionately affected by the flagging economy, and teen birth rates have been falling for 20 years.
Experts say the weak economy has a lot to do the latest drop in the annual U.S. birth rate. But at least one demographer in Washington – quoted by the Associated Press – says smaller reduction in birth rates in 2011 could suggest that “the effect of the recession is slowly coming to an end”.
So, reproduction trends are seen as a measure of economic stability.
I suppose it makes sense.
Our thought for today is from George Santayana:
“There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”