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Uncertain futures cause US birth rate drop

by Futures Centre, May 21
1 minute read

2018 saw the US birthrate fall by 2%, making it the fourth consecutive year of birth declines, according to the provisional birth rate report from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

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It is thought that the cause of this is due to a cultural shift in people of childbearing age; the lack of job security is driving people to have smaller families at a later age. Furthermore, due to political and environmental turmoil, they feel less optimistic about the future and the world that they would be bringing a child into. Additionally, the lack of parental leave and other support systems makes it hard to juggle work and a family.

It is predicted that the US’ future population growth will increasingly rely on immigration.



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