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The U.S. birthrate fell again in 2018, 3,788,235 births – representing a 2% drop from 2017. It's the lowest number of births in 32 years. The numbers also sank the U.S. fertility rate to a record low
Not since 1986 has the U.S. seen so few babies born. And it's an ongoing slump: 2018
Birthrates fell for almost all racial and age groups, with only slight gains for women
The news has come from something like a surprise to the demographers who say that with the US economy and job market continuing the years of long-lasting growth, or even rising. "It's a national problem," says Dowell Myers, a demographer at the University, but instead, the drop could force changes to forecasts. of Southern California.
"The birthrate is a barometer of despair," Myers says in response to the CDC data. "The first, we thought it was the recession," Mys says of the recent downturn in births.
"At first, we thought it was the recession." But after a slight rise in 2012, the rate took another nosedive.
What are the reasons behind the negative sentiment amongst people in the future?
"Not a whole lot of things are going good," he says, "and that's haunting young people in particular,"
, using social media to list the obstacles to having kids in the US. And Elena Parent, a state senator in Georgia, wrote on Twitter "Parents Know why the birthrate is falling.
Another factor, says sociologist Sarah Damaske of Penn State, is job security – even in a time of low unemployment.
"From January 2009 to December 2017, 36.6 million American jobs were lost," Damaske says. "So, even though the rate is better,"
Citing conversations with people who have lost their jobs in the past decade, Damascus – who is writing a book on that subject – says some workers have resigned themselves again.
"When you think you may not be able to find a steady job," she says.
Americans delay marriage and child-rearing. Babes in the U.S., women in their early 30s. And that gap widened in 2018.
In what 's the bright spot in the CDC' s preliminary data, falling 7% in 2018 to 17.4. The rate of cesarean delivery, or C-section, fell by 31.9% in 2018, the CDC says. That's up from a peak of 32.9% in 2009.
From 2017 to 2018, the number of births fell by 1% for Hispanic women and 2% for non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black women.
The latest birthrate data put the U.S. The rate fell by 3% for women who are identified as non-Hispanic Asian and non-Hispanic AIAN. further away from a viable replacement rate. The U.S. has since fall since 1971, the CDC says
The Census Bureau has long predicted that America's future.
The total fertility rate fell to 1.728 births per 1,000 women over their lifetimes. population growth will continue to be higher than in the past.
According to the Census Agency's Population Clock, the U.S. is currently gaining one person every 16 seconds. Both of those are net results, meaning they account for deaths and outward migration.