Decline in Births





For the first time since the decade began, Americans are having fewer babies, and some experts are blaming the economy. 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.


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