|Perspective: Why recession subdues birth rates|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
The Census Bureau reported last week that the financial crisis, aside from wrecking the economy, also helped drive down U.S. fertility rates to levels not seen since the late 1990s. The number of births for every 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 years old has dropped, to 62.7 in 2013 from 69.3 in 2007.
No shock there. Historical demographers have long recognized that when it comes to fertility, recessions are the equivalent of a cold shower.
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