Drop in US births continues to ease and may be leveling off, latest government data suggests

  • Article by: MIKE STOBBE , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 6, 2013 - 4:05 AM

ATLANTA — There's more evidence that U.S. births may be leveling off after years of decline.

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reidDec. 6, 13 5:55 AM

Anyone on the roads lately can only cheer a few less people on the face of this earth or sucking up rare resources such as energy and food and water and clean air and un-encroached natural places. Let's not celebrate the return of fecundity, but continue to encourage responsibly sized family units. There is no indication that the preservation of the species is in danger due to lack of birthing.

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markc1Dec. 6, 13 6:13 AM

People have money again for everything including more kids, if you want the better times to last then avoid voting republican.

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anywhoDec. 6, 13 6:44 AM

markc1, these are the good times? Unemployment at an all time high, taxes on us who do work increasing every year, the highest number of people on food stamps EVER, graduation rates decreasing every year....yea real good times!

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right155439Dec. 6, 13 6:51 AM

How about a little more data like who are having the children. I think we all know that it's not at the middle or higher end of the economic ladder but at the bottom which just means more mouths for the 53% to provide for. This isn't good news.

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odinmanDec. 6, 13 7:58 AM

@right155439 - Exactamundo. I highly doubt it is middle class "married" couples who are responsible for this uptick in births.

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decembersueDec. 6, 13 8:18 AM

odinman, actually, it is. The hispanic birthrate for young mothers has plummeted in the last few years (mirroring falling fertility in Mexico as well - the Mexican baby boom is over). The increase in average age cited in the article for births clearly shows that older, likely wealthier people are having kids.

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decembersueDec. 6, 13 8:19 AM

anywho, unemployment is not at an all time high. That is factually incorrect. In fact, as I write this, the rate has gone down yet again to 7% nationwide. Taxes are lower now than they were before Obama took office, unless you make more than 300k a year. The deficit has gone down significantly since Obama took office, and medical costs are rising at the slowest rate in 50 years. Oh, the suffering!

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edinawaterDec. 6, 13 2:16 PM

anywho, aside from a recent increase in state sales taxes, taxes are at the lowest level they have been in my entire life. Unemployment is nowhere near its all-time high from the 1930s. It is two percent higher than the 5% 'ideal' economists think we should aim for. High school graduation rates recently hit their highest level in 40 years. I don't know where you have been getting your information but you might want to ask yourself why someone would feed you such drivel.

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