Data Snapshot: Ten Years After the Great Recession Began, U.S. Birth Rate Is at Record Low

Sep 14, 2018 | by
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Recent National Center for Health Statistics data show a record low birth rate in the United States, and no evidence of any upturn in this birth rate.  Though other social and economic factors may also be influencing U.S. birth rates, the impact of the Great Recession persists. I estimate that in 2017, there were 700,000 fewer births in the United States than would have been expected had pre-recessionary birth rates continued among current women of childbearing age.