While a 4% decrease in births from 2007 to 2009 doesn’t seem like a big drop, it is reported to be the largest birth rate decrease in 30 years! My first speculation was the current economic climate, because it has been impacting families, especially working class families heavily for the past couple years.
My thoughts were confirmed:
“Certainly the economy and war have been two of the biggest influences on birth rate historically,” said Paul Sutton, statistician and lead author of the report.
Although there was speculation on some websites saying the drop was a result in abstinence education, despite the increase in teen births during these years.
“The two-year decline was notable, but not truly of historic proportions when compared with the large, extended fertility declines in the early 20th century and in the 1960s and early 1970s,” the authors wrote.
After the Great Depression of the 1930s, the biggest drop in birth rate followed the post World War II baby boom — the so-called baby bust of the’60s and ’70s.
But is this necessarily a bad thing with the current economic climate?
What do you think about these statistics?