National birth rates at an all time low
HOUSTON, TX – The economy may be bad for baby making; at least that’s what the numbers show.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention we have reached the lowest birth rate in history.
Dr. Elizabeth Gregory of the University of Houston explains, “When you’re in a recession, when there are fewer jobs people tend to have fewer children, that happened in the depression and it’s happening now.”
Down from 118 births per 1,000 women in 1960 to 63 births per 1,000 last year. But there may be a little bit more to the story than just the economy.
Gregory said, “The rate that we have now is about half what it was in 1960 which was the year that hormonal birth control was introduced.”
Some are concerned that with birth numbers down, the population won’t be able to replace itself for future generations, which may cause economic problems in the future.
The low number may not be so bad.
“People are living longer, they are in much better health, they don`t need as many children to work on the farm, and their children are not as likely to die.”
People may just be waiting a little longer before they have kids, not such a bad choice.
So it may not all be bad news, people may just be getting smarter…nah!