The 2009 US birth rate was the lowest in 100 years and those who keep up with such things think the Great Recession may be playing a major role. Starting or growing families may have been put on the back burner as jobs have been lost, incomes have declined, and many other negative economic factors have unfortunately led to the decline of US children being born.
The National Center for Health Stats released a report that showed despite the fact that the US population grew, US births decreased by 2.9%. The country hasn’t seen a decline in the birth rate like this since 1930 when the US was in the middle of the Great Depression.
Interestingly, 2007 was a record year for birth rate in America. More children were born during 2007 than any other year in the country’s history. The recession began at the end of 2007.
It looks as if the correlation between the great recession and US birth rate being the lowest in a century is undeniable. Sure, there are many factors that can contribute to lower birth rates. Career choices, women wanting to wait longer before having children, but economic factors seem to out weigh the others by far. Not everyone looks at having children as a financial decision, but it would appear that the vast majority do.
Also depressing is the fact that European countries are all experiencing an increase in birth rates. England, France and Germany are all experiencing an increase in birth rates. We seem to be headed the way of Japan in the 1990’s when they experienced a deep recession and a major decline in birth rate.
Some may thank the great recession for giving us the lowest US birth rate in a century. We know how a lot of liberals feel about population control and especially the US population. This is just another byproduct of liberal economic policies that are not only destroying the economy but are also hindering our ability as people to grow as well.
Via Right Pundits