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The Recession And Birth Rate

By August 8, 2011

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New data and graphs presented on the website Family Inequality demonstrate that fertility rates are likely linked to unemployment. In the United States, birth rates have significantly dropped since the recession began. For example, 2009 saw the largest single-year drop in fertility rates since the late 1970s. Fertility also fell the most in states where the recession hit the hardest, further suggesting that there is a direct link between birth rates and unemployment. For graphs and more information, visit the Family Inequality website.


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