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US Birth Rate Continues to Slide

Birth rate in the US has declined for the third consecutive year. Health experts say the cause may the troubled economy. A record number of babies were born in 2007, totaling greater than 4.3 million.

Since then, the birth rate has dropped. In 2010, around four million babies were born, a drop of three percent from 2009. These figures were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The lower birth rates in the past few years could be due to the weak economy which may be discouraging unemployed and financially troubled women from starting a family or adding to existing children.

Another reason could be a downtrend in immigration to the US, which could be due to the recession and unfavorable job market. Researchers say this factor is significant, as Hispanics who make up a chunk of immigrants, tend to have higher birth rates.

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