Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Births Continue Downward Slide

Fewer than 4 million babies were born in the United States between June 2010 and June 2011, according to provisional statistics released by the National Center for Health Statistics. During those 12 months, only 3,978,000 babies were born. This was 2 percent below the number of births in the 12-month period ending in June 2010 and 8 percent below the all-time high of 4,316,233 in 2007.

The fertility rate also fell 2 percent, to 64.4 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44. The NCHS notes that the rate of decline appears to be slowing.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Recent Trends in Births and Fertility Rates through June 2011

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