08/29/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – The U.S. birth rate has fallen to a record low according to numbers released by the National Center for Health Statistics. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the statistics show the national birth rate is at the lowest level seen in a century amid difficult economic times.
Andrew Cherlin, a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University, is quoted by the AP as stating of the decline, “When the economy is bad and people are uncomfortable about their financial future, they tend to postpone having children. We saw that in the Great Depression the 1930s and we’re seeing that in the Great Recession today.”
Cherlin is further quoted as stating of the projected outlook, “It could take a few years to turn this around.”
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