The U.S. Fertility Rate Contributes to Economic Rebound


The US economy is on a continuous come up as more babies are being born. USA Today News reports that birth rates among women ages 15 to 44 have risen up to 1% from 2013  to 2014.  Since the  beginning of the recession in 2007, this has been the first statistical significance  for the fertility rate in the US.

3.98 million children were born into 2014, which has been the most since 2010. A  senior for the Population Reference Bureau, Carl Haub, claims he was not shocked at the federal findings. He suggests that this can be an indicator in the shifting of the U.S.  economy rebounding and improving.

The 2007 recession was responsible for contributing social problems  such as the increase in child abuse and suicide.  Some factors of child abuse are found in families that have a low socioeconomic status, in poverty, blended families, and are involved in substance abuse.Shaken baby syndrome, a form of child abuse,  was an occurrence that rose as a consequence of the recession.

Haub reported to sources ” The recession is ending-we think it’s ending –for some people, so we might attribute arise in the birth rate” to the economy.

The growth in jobs has also been rising. In April 2015, there were a total of 223,000 jobs secured — coming from a recent statistic in the Department of Labor.  Consumer spending is at a 1.2% increase in a report found from the Department of Commerce.

Even with the increase in birth rates and the economy rising, there is no sight in seeing a baby boom again like in the 50s. The good news is that teen pregnancy rates have declined, hitting a historic low since 2013. There has been a  9% drop and may be contributed to having more access to information on the internet and education.  And although the birth rate has jumped back to a 1% increase since the recession, fewer millennials are having children.


USA Today


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