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The U.S. saw the birth rate fall to its lowest level since the depths of World War II, cutting...

The U.S. saw the birth rate fall to its lowest level since the depths of World War II, cutting into consumption numbers and spending totals. The population only increased by 0.92% over the most recent tracking period from the Census Bureau and the number of births actually declined last year. Though a growing percentage of career-focused working women factors in, a sluggish U.S. economy has been the biggest influence on the nation's birth rate. Feeling the baby blues: PG, KMB, JNJ, HAS.
Comments (13)
  • Mission accomplished, then?
    21 Aug 2012, 02:26 PM Reply Like
  • we don't need higher birth rates...we have illegals coming here daily and we, the people get to support them....
    21 Aug 2012, 02:27 PM Reply Like
  • so if the economy picks work more ..then even less time to do the whoopie...and yes the illegals will pick up the slack ....just not the brain power of the others..third would country here we come
    21 Aug 2012, 02:39 PM Reply Like
  • We are Japan. The road is clear to us......
    21 Aug 2012, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • Which ever way you want to look at it, more and more women are choosing careers over motherhood. Women are now more able to compete and become extremely successful in the work place. Taking a year or so out is simply not viable in an important career.
    21 Aug 2012, 02:52 PM Reply Like
  • Kids are expensive - duh. Save the bucks and pay the mortgage or, better yet, buy some food or gas.
    21 Aug 2012, 03:47 PM Reply Like
  • I could not tell if they talk about the legal birth rate or a birth rate in general.
    21 Aug 2012, 04:07 PM Reply Like
  • Our children are our future (or so we've been told). So no children, no future?
    21 Aug 2012, 05:07 PM Reply Like
  • If you think grossly underfunded entitlement programs and pensions and public debt look like DOOM! now, just wait until the pool of workers paying taxes into all those things gets even smaller.


    The drop in birth rate shouldn't come as a surprise: 1) socialist countries invariably suffer a decline in birthrate and 2) the less optimistic people feel about their future and the future of the country they live in, the fewer kids they have (at least as far as developed nations are concerned).


    Welcome to western Western Europe...a temporary stop on the road to being Japan.
    21 Aug 2012, 06:03 PM Reply Like
  • The planet cannot sustain 20 billion people. 7 billion are more than enough already. Think about it.
    21 Aug 2012, 09:13 PM Reply Like
  • True, but I do not think that the US or Europe is the primary problem. When are China, Africa, and India going to start showing the declines.


    That is the opportunity.
    22 Aug 2012, 09:15 AM Reply Like
  • Two thousand years ago the planet could not sustain one billion. What happened and why can't it happen again?
    22 Aug 2012, 01:15 PM Reply Like
  • Because people need food, water and oxygen to live... and since the Earth diameter is not infinite, all 3 resources are limited.
    22 Aug 2012, 01:28 PM Reply Like
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