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Pew: Recession Causes Fertility Declines, Hispanics Hardest Hit

Pew: Recession Causes Fertility Declines, Hispanics Hardest Hit

The recession is causing Americans to have fewer children, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

The report shows that the national fertility rate decreased to 64.7 births per thousand women between the ages of 15 and 44 in 2010, from 69.6 in 2007.

Hispanics who were hardest hit by the recession experienced the biggest drop in births – almost 6 percent. Blacks had a 2.4 percent decline and whites experienced a 1.6 percent drop.

While Hispanics continue to have birth rates that are much higher than their non-Hispanic counterparts, the 2009 Hispanic birth rate of 93.3 births per 1000 women of childbearing age is the lowest rate

since 1999, the report stated.

Economic factors that contributed to less births include the unemployment rate and and loss of wealth.

The unemployment rate among Hispanics increased 2.0 percentage points from 2007 to 2008, while for blacks it increased 1.8 percentage points, and for whites the increase was 0.9 percentage points, according to the report.

A recent report from the Pew Hispanic Center revealed that Hispanics households lost 66% of their median wealth from 2005 to 2009. In comparison, black households lost 53% of their median wealth and white households lost only 16%.

ONLINE: Pew Research Center

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