U.S. births hit 30-year low, de­spite good econ­omy

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NEW YORK | U.S. birth rates de­clined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — sur­pris­ingly — their 30s, lead­ing to the fewest ba­bies in 30 years, ac­cord­ing to a gov­ern­ment re­port re­leased Thurs­day.

Ex­perts said sev­eral fac­tors may be com­bin­ing to drive the de­clines, in­clud­ing shift­ing at­ti­tudes about moth­er­hood and chang­ing im­mi­gra­tion


The pro­vi­sional re­port, based on a review of more than 99 per­cent of the birth cer­tifi­cates filed na­tion­wide, counted 3.853 mil­lion births last year. That’s the low­est tally since 1987.

Births have been de­clin­ing since 2014, but 2017 saw the great­est year-toyear drop — about 92,000 less than the pre­vi­ous year.

That was sur­pris­ing, be­cause baby booms of­ten par­al­lel eco­nomic booms, and last year was a pe­riod of low un­em­ploy­ment and a grow­ing econ­omy.

But other fac­tors are likely at play, ex­perts said.

One may be shift­ing at­ti­tudes about

moth­er­hood among mil­len­ni­als, who are in their prime child­bear­ing years right now. They may be more in­clined to put off child­bear­ing or have fewer chil­dren, re­searchers said.

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