U.S. Birthrate Declines for Sixth Consecutive Year

December 5, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

U.S. Birthrate Declines for Sixth Consecutive Year; Economy Could Be Factor

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The number of women in the United States who gave birth dropped last year, according to federal statistics released Thursday, extending the decline for a sixth year.
The National Center for Health Statistics reported Thursday that there were 3.93 million births in the United States in 2013, down slightly from 3.95 million in 2012, but 9 percent below the high in 2007.
According to the report, the general fertility rate in the United States – the average number of babies women from 15 to 44 bear over their lifetime – dropped to a record low last year, to 1.86 babies, well below the 2.1 needed for a stable population. For every 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, there were 62.5 births in 2013, compared with 63 the previous year.

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