Birth Rates Decline Amid Economic Concerns

U.S. births declined for the fourth consecutive year in 2011, a trend that expert have attributed to the weak economic climate.

4: Successive years of declining births in the U.S.

U.S. births declined for the fourth consecutive year in 2011, a trend that expert have attributed to the weak economic climate. However, last year's decrease was only 1%, not as severe as the 2 or 3% declines of other recent years. This drop in birth rates is relatively new for the U.S., where births had been growing since the late 90s, hitting an all-time high in 2007. There were over 4.3 million births that year, whereas 2011 saw fewer than 4 million. Experts theorize that the declining rates stem from women or couples who are unemployed, underemployed, or otherwise afraid they cannot afford to build a family.

Source: AP, "Baby Bust Continues: US Births Down for 4th Year," 10/3/2012


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Delivered courtesy Joel W. Grams, CRPC®, CLTC,

Registered Representative, Financial Planner, 212 Capital Group

38Main Street Suite 360, Westlake Ohio 44145

(440) 835-4501 Ext 17, jgrams@212capitalgroup.com

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The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! November 29, 2012 at 08:01 PM
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Watts November 29, 2012 at 11:54 PM
This whole article was nothing more than a way for Joel to pimp his contact info to try and drum up business. Here is a link to the original article: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/baby-bust-continues-us-births-down-4th-041403038.html Even the original article is not well researched or cited. Making teh same vague claim about some unknown "experts" with no actual reference to these experts: "with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children." What I find more interesting is the other details in the article and what other "experts" may say about those facts. Like the fact that the drop is only in single women and that there was actually a rise in the birth rate for married women. To me this sounds more like people acting more responsibly and possibly being aided in the process by better access to contraceptives and other family planning services. In fact, the same original author wrote an article a month later stating that abortions had declined by 5%, which would also point toward an increase in use of contraceptive methods. But of course, if your agenda is to pimp your financial services, you can take something as obvious as all these figures and turn it into a financial cause and effect.
Alex White November 30, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Good insight. Venture to the lower/western Southeast and the Southwest, particularly California-- specifically the greater L.A. metropolitan area-- then crunch the regional numbers. As far as I can tell, there's no shortage of babies being born in the U.S. to Roman Catholics originally hailing from Mexico and Central America. It's not an uncommon sight to observe a Hispanic mother with two or three kids trailing her, pushing an occupied baby stroller down the sidewalk, and she's pregnant-- and not yet 30! I'm not exaggerating, advocating racist ideologies, or attempting "Swiftian" sarcastic humor. I'm reporting an observable and most likely verifiable trend. I see this familial social pattern every single day around schools and churches, in supermarkets, Laundromats, and on playgrounds and in parks. It's simply amazing. It reminds me of times past when farm families had many, many children so as to maintain a continued supply of cheap and ready labor. My dad's father's family-- 11 children. Our family-- 4 children. My own family-- 1 child. At this point, I can only surmise the proclivity for birthing multiple children during hard economic conditions is both a cultural and religious imperative. So, although birthrates nationwide might be down, in fact, someone somewhere IS having a lot of babies; but it might just be geographically specific and ethnically and culturally inclusive. Now that would be an interesting article to read.
Andrew Polcyn December 15, 2012 at 10:01 PM
The world is now less 22 children. Still stand by that comment, whatever your name will be this week?


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