Friday, July 27, 2012
US birth rate falls because of economy, even among some minorities
Some media outlets reported this week that the birth rate in the United States has hit a 25-year low because of the economy.
Asian and non-Hispanic white women with some college showed increases in birthrates, but Hispanic women, now reeling from weaker employment, declined. So the patterns of population decried by the right wing (“the right babies” argument) as falling into racial lines does not always hold.
A company called Demographic Intelligence provides (at large cost) a U.S. Fertility Forecast (actually trademarked), as explained at the company’s brief site here.
The LDS Deseret News, obviously interested in such matters for religious reasons, has an interpretive story by Lois M. Collins here.
USA Today has a detailed story by Haya el Nasser (Thursday) here.
An important aspect of the issue is that women often want the children but tend to put them off until older when they think they will be better prepared economically. But the biological clock can run out.