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Economic uncertainty and expanding opportunities for women have lowered the US birth rate — and it could lead to future labor shortages

From 1950 to 2021, we saw a 50% decline in US birth rates, from 25 births per 1,000 people to 12. Sociologist Ann Oberhauser says the decline is tied to progress in areas like reproductive medicine and access to education. Lower fertility rates could translate to possible future labor shortages in many sectors of the economy. LoadingSomething is loading. ...