Skip to comments.Birth Rate Is Said to Fall as a Result of Recession (Illegal Aliens Leaving?)
Posted on 08/06/2009 6:04:21 PM PDT by GOPGuide
Americans are having fewer babies
Its the recession, said Andrew Hacker, a sociologist at Queens College of the City University of New York. Children are the most expensive item in every familys budget, especially given all the gear kids expect today. So its a good place to cut back when youre uncertain about the future.
In 2007, the number of births in the United States broke a 50-year-old record high, set during the baby boom. But last year, births began to decline nationwide, by nearly 2 percent, according to provisional figures released last week.
Those figures from the National Center for Health Statistics, indicate that births declined in all but 10 states in 2008 (most of them in a Northern belt where the recession was generally less severe) compared with the year before. Over all, 4,247,000 births were recorded in 2008, 68,000 fewer than the year before.
California logged 14,500 fewer births than in 2007, a 2.6 percent decline and the first since 2001, when the state struggled with job losses in Silicon Valley that led to layoffs in distribution, construction and other sectors.
Early figures for 2009 appear to confirm the correlation with the recession. As more families were feeling the effects of layoffs and economic uncertainty, births decreased even faster.
In Arizona, births declined about 3 percent in 2008, the first annual decrease since an economic downturn in 1991. In the first six months of 2009, 7 percent fewer babies were born compared with the year before. The states population bubble burst and the jobless rate rose from 5.5 percent to 8.7 percent in the 12 months ending in June.
In the first three months of 2009, births also declined 7 percent in Florida, another state where the economy took a tumble.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Darn. What are you supposed to do if you already have one or two of the pesky money grubbing rug-rats. Sounds like this guy would be OK with having the kids put to sleep in order to save a few bucks.
What a sad state we are in...
The recession hasn’t been going on long enough for people to be considering this option.
I agree that it’s probably illegals leaving, or not coming in to have their anchor babies.
Children are the best investment one can make. In the “old days” family was one’s “retirement plan.” Some suckers still believe Soc. Sec. their union pension, their IRA or their corporate 401K will take care of them when they retire - hah!