Birth Rates Drop
The birth rate among young women has hit news lows, according to an article from the Associated Press, which noted that “few forms of birth control are as effective as the economy.”
A report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that “teens and women in their early 20s had the most dramatic dip [in childbearing] to the lowest rates since … the 1940s.”
With young twentysomethings’ birth rate dropping 6 percent, AP said, “Experts believe the downward trend is tied to the economy . . . The theory is that women with money worries - especially younger women - feel they can’t afford to start a family or add to it.”
Meanwhile, another AP story said new Census Bureau data has found that there’s a “4-1 gap” between the amount of maternity leave awarded to “college graduates and high school dropouts . . . the widest it’s been over the half-century that the Census Bureau has tracked down such data.”
“. . . [T]he shares of women using paid leave increased as they got older,” the news service said. “from 24 percent of first-time mothers under age 22 to 61 percent of those 25 and older. That reflects in part more schooling and work experience that enabled older women to find jobs with better salary and benefits.”
What do you think? How much of a role does the economy play in a woman's decision to have children?