04/07/2010 - Fewer babies were born in 2008 than the prior year, and it appears to be linked to the recession, a new study shows.
The number of births in 25 states where data was collected fell to 2.29 million in 2008, down from 2.33 million a year earlier, according to the Pew Research Center.
The birth rate — the share of women between ages 15 and 44 who gave birth – also fell in 20 of the 25 states. The overall birth rate dropped 1.6% to 68.8 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age.
The researchers relied on state level data to help parse the relationship between births and economic trends in the region. The 25 states surveyed account for 54% of all women of childbearing age in the U.S. and the same percentage of babies born annually.
Read the full article Fewer Babies Were Born in 2008 Because of Recession on the Wall Street Journal's Real Time Economics blog.