(WSJ) The Great Recession A Big Factor as the Birthrate Falls

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A steep decline in births among immigrant women hard hit by the recent recession is the driving force behind the record low U.S. birthrate, according to the Pew Research Center.

The annual number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 dropped 8% in the U.S. from 2007 to 2010 to 64 births per 1,000, according to a report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew center. The U.S. birthrate peaked during the baby boom, at 122.7 in 1957.

Immigrant women, both legal and illegal, still have a higher birthrate than the U.S. population as a whole. Yet the rate for foreign-born women dropped 14% between 2007 and 2010, to 87.8 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, compared with a 6% decline for U.S.-born women, to 58.9 births. The birthrate plunged 19% for immigrants of Hispanic origin during that period; among Mexicans, the largest group among Hispanics, the rate plunged 23%.

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Posted November 30, 2012 at 7:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Br. Michael wrote:

That’s all right.  We will have a baby boom as all those homosexuals get married and have children.  Just like TEC was going to grow exponentially as it became more “inclusive”.

November 30, 8:58 am | [comment link]
2. Militaris Artifex wrote:

“Great Recession?” What “Great Recession?” The Great Recession may not get underway until PPACA (aka “Obamacare”) is actually imposed upon the economy. Very few people are even remotely aware of what the current average cost to their employer* of their employer-paid healthcare is, let alone the level to which that cost will likely rise when all of the “mandated services” (of which abortifacients and abortion is only one small part) become a living, breathing, income-consuming reality. After that occurs, people will look back on what the WSJ refers to as the “Great Recession,” And, in doing so, they will wish they once again had it so (relatively) good. We are headed for an economic meltdown that is most likely to fall somewhere on the scale between the Depression of the 1930s and the economic collapse of the Weimar Republic in the 1920s. Hang onto your hats!
* The figures I saw last year for the mean cost to the employer was somewhere between $11,000 and 14,000 per annum. And that does not count any payroll deduction from the employee, that is solely the employer’s up-front share of the premium costs.

Pax et bonum,
Keith Töpfer

November 30, 3:15 pm | [comment link]
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