Child­births down 6.5 per­cent in July

The Korea Times - - FINANCE -

The num­ber of new­borns in South Korea slipped 6.5 per­cent in July from a year ear­lier, gov­ern­ment data showed Wed­nes­day, in yet an­other re­minder of the chron­i­cally low birthrate that has plagued Asia’s fourth-largest econ­omy for more than a decade.

The data com­piled by Statis­tics Korea showed that 25,263 ba­bies were born in July, down from 27,033 in the same month a year ear­lier. The fig­ure has been fall­ing for 40 con­sec­u­tive months.

It marked the low­est level for any July since the agency started com­pil­ing the data in 1981. The num­ber of new­borns was more than 50,000 in July 1998.

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