Baby Bust Continues: US Births Down for 4th Year

Mike Stobbe, My Way, October 3, 2012

U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children.

But there may be a silver lining: The decline in 2011 was just 1 percent—not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years.

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Most striking in the new report were steep declines in Hispanic birth rates and a new low in teen births. Hispanics have been disproportionately affected by the flagging economy, experts say, and teen birth rates have been falling for 20 years.

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Early data for 2012 is not yet available, and it’s too soon to guess whether the birth decline will change, said the CDC’s Stephanie Ventura, one of the study’s authors.

Highlights of the report include:

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-The birth rate for Hispanic women dropped a whopping 6 percent. But it declined only 2 percent for black women, stayed the same for whites and actually rose a bit for Asian-American and Pacific Islanders.

-Birth rates fell again for women in their early 20s, down 5 percent from 2010—the lowest mark for women in that age group since 1940, when comprehensive national birth records were first compiled. For women in their late 20s, birth rates fell 1 percent.

-But birth rates held steady for women in their early 30s, and rose for moms ages 35 and older. {snip}

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The new birth report also noted a fourth straight decline in a calculation of how many children women have over their lifetimes, based on the birth rates of a given year.

A rate of a little more than 2 children per woman means each couple is helping keep the population stable. The U.S. rate last year was slightly below 1.9.

Countries with rates close to 1—such as Japan and Italy—face future labor shortages and eroding tax bases as they fail to reproduce enough to take care of their aging elders.

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  • I have always maintained the position that nothing will change in this country until the economy crumbles and people get hungry.

    That cracks are starting to show and this will get interesting. I hope everyone is prepared as well as can be expected.

  • The__Bobster

    Asians come here to breed because they can’t do it at home.

    • Indiana Guy

      really? Then how did China reach a population of 1 billion?

      • What, you never heard of China’s one-child policy, really ?

        This has been in place since 1979 for Christ’s sake !

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-child_policy

        Like social security benefits for their elderly, better college education for their tourism babies, this is one of the perks to take full advantage of our pathetic immigration laws through family sponsorship.

        While everybody rightfully freaks out about all those illegal mexicans, the chinese weasel and his fellow mongoloids, are  rabidly colonizing the West Coast oh so quietly.

        Kinda like their trolls here pretending that they are just like us and on our side, so we don’t see them for what they truly are:

        “Although Chinese immigration to the United States dates back to the 19th century, the Chinese immigrant population grew rapidly during the 1990s and 2000s. Today there are almost as many native-born US citizens who claim Chinese ancestry as there are Chinese immigrants.”:

        http://migrationinformation.org/USfocus/display.cfm?id=781

        Yup, it only took 20 years and they can all bring their relatives just the same now.
         
        Just wait until the mongols surpass the White majority in California like the mexicans, and we’ll see THEIR TRUE COLOR once and for all.

        • Tim

          I have always maintained that China`s One Child Policy has never been about economics or population. It`s purpose is destoy the last entity that super secedes the power of the state, the family. One billion people with no brothers and sisters, no aunts and uncles, no neices and nephews… They are attemtpting to breed out  what I call the “Genetic Bonanza Response”   No one to turn to except the state…

        • Indiana Guy

          I heard of that policy, I was making a sarcastic joke

    • IstvanIN

       Indians and Pakistanis are allowed to have as many children as they can’t feed.

  • sarah stein

    Nobody wants to bring children into the world during a depression.  Taxes take half one’s income and Obama care will take the other half.  We’re going into slavery.

    • Indiana Guy

      We are going into a period where most people will be law breakers, living off an underground economy, living by their wits, their will and their agression. It is the polar opposite of the mind numbingly politically correct, don’t offend anyone, always be agreeable ethos of corporate america. This will be a good thing for this country. White people have been trained not to fight, not to defend themselves, but to bend over and grab their ankles and be apologetic about everything. That corporate ethos was born of the very prosperous time of the 50s and then took on a life of it’s own, becoming ever more banal and insipid. It is an ethos that can only ever exist in a totally safe environment. An environment where one is told they must sacrifice something because there is still a payoff for you if you do. Well, there will be no payoff anymore, you sacrifice and you will die. The ethos will be starkly different once this sinks in.That safe, prosperous environment is already gone, and people are groping for a way of facing this and for a new ethos to fit the world that we now live in. WE are still stuck with a Romney type figure. He is a man of that old, prosperous, safe world where aggression and strength are always taboo. He will be the last of that lot.

      • I think it’s a safe bet the next president of the US is going to be named Juan.

        • Indiana Guy

          no he will be called “Paul Ryan”, and he is not  the corporate gelding type.

      • Tim

        Kind of like gunfire at the mall it sounds like…

  • Indiana Guy

    It is ironic but it seems the “Zero” administration is halting or slowing the demographic decline of White America. Not by increasing the white population, but slowing the growth of the other populations. White people should not get so discouraged by this man. His best efforts to destroy White America will most likely not have the results he intends, but may in fact, reinvigorate White America. White Guilt is pretty much a thing of the past at this point. White identity and solidarity is something that has just appeared and is growing. Contrast this with the Bush years, when massive numbers of illegals came here, and massive spending on Africa was started. Things are turning around, and it really does not matter who is in the white house, events and trends take their own course. As long as white people are prepared to defend their lives and properties when things really get tough, then White America will be reborn.

  • Indiana Guy

    There will come a day that the government, instead of encouraging people to be dependent on the state, will see those that are dependent on it as a great burden, and will eliminate that burden. The one ethnic group that has been vilified for it’s success or for it’s self reliance, will be the one ethnic group that will remain.

  • Indiana Guy

    My definition of overcrowding is when studio apartments in the Boston area were routinely occupied by five or six Brazillians, sleeping on mattresses on the floors ( I actually witnessed this). Of course, it is not just Brazillians but Guatemalans, mexicans, Columbians etc. The occupants were all male and all working either with false ID numbers or under the table. Many had cars but no driver’s licenses. Most actually vote in our elections. I of course, had to move far out of the city, because the rents went sky high and I was not prepared to be packed five to a room so I could afford to pay the rents.

  • JackKrak

    “U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children.”

    No, no, no and no. Lupita, Manuel, La’Tondra and Tayquonne have never ONCE in all of recorded history let economic considerations influence having children or, in La’Tondra’s case, chirren.

    The one possible exception being when they learn of the higher payday that awaits them at the welfare office when little Da’Shawnquarious shows up.

  • Ella

    How many of these students are on minority scholarships and federal student loans? Do you think the US govt will prosecute truant Black students for “fraud?” Oh yeah- right, just the tax payer cheated. Here, I got audited in college for taking a tax credit. (And yes, I attended 95% of my classes.)