Skip to comments.Recession leads to drop in birthrates in Silicon Valley, throughout California (Illegals Leaving?)
Posted on 07/25/2009 6:59:35 PM PDT by GOPGuide
California had 14,570 fewer births in 2008 than in the previous year, a 2.6 percent drop that surprised demographers with its size. It was the first annual decline in births since 2001, when the state was last mired in a recession. While the economy is one likely cause, the migration of young Latinas in their prime childbearing years out of California, and a slowdown of illegal immigration, are ongoing factors that could cut into the state's future population growth if they continue.
"In the kind of economy we have, it's possible that people are opting not to have children that they might otherwise have," said Melanie Martindale, senior demographer with the state.
But the 3.2 percent decline in births to Hispanic mothers from 2007 to 2008 the largest one-year decline in at least two decades "is very significant, and very, very large," said Martindale, who produces the state's annual population estimates for racial and ethnic groups. "That seems to be because a lot of working-age and childbearing-age Hispanics are moving out of state to take jobs elsewhere, coupled with the fact that the border crossings" into the U.S. from Mexico "have declined."
But Latinas gave birth to about 9,600 fewer children in 2008 than in the previous year, according to preliminary data from the California Department of Public Health. Martindale said we could be starting a more permanent slowdown in population growth.
In Santa Clara County, the birth slowdown has continued into 2009, with county birth totals for the first six months of the year on a pace about 6 percent behind 2008. Meanwhile, gynecologists and family-planning clinics throughout the South Bay say they have been doing more birth-control consultations since the fall, and women are asking for more reliable, more permanent methods of contraception.
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Maybe ... nut they ain’t leavin’ the country.
I was one of the few people born in CA in 1929, when it was a much nicer place to live.
Wise young Latinas.
The construction jobs aren’t available, thus the decline in cheap labor. Hopefully they’ll never be building as fast as they did again.
Illegals are leaving- but not fast enough- not far enough and not permanently enough.