Economy Slump Leaves Baby Bust as U.S. Births Fall to 1920 Level

Economy Slump Leaves Baby Bust as U.S. Births Fall to 1920 Level

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The U.S. birth rate in 2011 was 63.2 per 1,000 women of childbearing age, according to preliminary numbers. That’s down by almost half from a peak of 122.7 in 1957 during the postwar baby boom.