In this data snapshot, Demographer Kenneth Johnson reports that National Center for Health Statistics data for 2018 show the lowest general fertility rate on record and just 3,788,000 births—the fewest in 32 years. This decline in births is entirely due to reduced fertility rates among women in their 20s and teenagers. The decrease has immediate implications for health care, schools, child-related businesses, and eventually for the labor force.
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Data Snapshot No. 26
Johnson, Kenneth M., "U.S. Fertility Rate Hits Record Low and Births Continue to Diminish" (2019). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. 371.
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