Hungary touts family policies as alternative to immigration
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Thursday that economic incentives for families, not immigration, are the answer to low birth rates and a decreasing...
PHOENIX (AP) — A veteran Arizona legislator is apologizing while defending herself from criticism for comments she made on immigration and birth rates.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Socialist prime minister is vowing to address the challenges of a low national birth rate, the increasing cost of health care and climate change as he bids for a...
US births lowest in 3 decades despite improving economy
America's baby bust isn't over. The nation's birth rates last year reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, a government report shows, leading to the fewest babies in 32...
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's statistical agency says it has recorded the lowest number of newborns since it started counting in the 19th century, with the country's family minister...
Teen birth rates decrease again in Chicago, Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — The teen birth rate has decreased in Illinois and Chicago, with the city recording a new historic low.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday there were 24.6 births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 in Chicago in 2016. That's the most recent year for which data are available. That's a 10.5 percent decrease from 2015.
Rates have been falling across the U .S. and statewide. Illinois recorded 18.7 births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 in 2016, down from a rate of 22.8 in 2014.
Alabama’s population gain lags behind other states
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's total population gain last year might fill up half of Cramton Bowl, Montgomery's municipal football stadium. That could spell trouble for the state's political prospects.
The U.S. Census Bureau this week estimated that Alabama grew by about 12,751 people during the year ending July 1, a minimal 0.2 percent increase that was slower than other states.
Enrollment drops in West Virginia public schools
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An education official says enrollment in West Virginia's public schools dropped significantly this year due to a change in prekindergarten enrollment and a declining birth rate.
West Virginia schools Superintendent Steve Paine announced Thursday there were 4,858 fewer students enrolled this year in prekindergarten through 12th grades.
Kansas launches campaign to reduce stillbirth rate in state
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state is promoting a campaign to reduce the number of stillborn deaths in Kansas.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Wednesday it is partnering with Count the Kicks, a stillbirth prevention public health campaign.
Kansas officials say the state records an average of 232 stillborn deaths each year. The campaign seeks to save 60 babies every year by decreasing Kansas' stillbirth rate by 26 percent. The effort achieved that reduction in Iowa.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's economy got off to one of the slowest starts in the nation this year.
The Portland Press Herald reports the Bureau of Economic Analysis released a report this week that found that Maine's economy grew at annual expansion rate of just 0.6 percent in the first quarter of 2018. This follows a jump in growth in the third quarter of 2017.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Births by Wisconsin teenagers are dropping, following a national trend.
The latest figures from state health officials show the birth rate to mothers ages 15-19 has dropped dramatically.
The rate of teen births in Wisconsin was 15 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19 in 2016, according to an annual report by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The rate was nearly 31 per 1,000 Wisconsin teens in 2008.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Pregnancies and birth rates dipped to historic lows among Minnesota teens, while sexually transmitted diseases continue climbing, according to a report by the University of Minnesota.
Lowest US birth rate in 3 decades could pose risk to economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Women in the United States gave birth last year at the lowest rate in 30 years, a trend that could weigh on economic growth in the coming decades.
US births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday.
Experts said several factors may be combining to drive the declines, including shifting attitudes about motherhood and changing immigration patterns.
U.S. Birth Rates Hit a Baby Bust
Census estimates: Utah County continues to grow, mostly from natural birth rates
Utah County continues to grow, and it looks like it won’t stop in the foreseeable future. Earlier projections are confirmed and more details have been revealed by estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
“These new data confirm what we already see on the ground in Utah,” said Pamela Perlich, director of demographic research for the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's teen birth rate remained the country's second-highest in 2016 for the third year in a row but it has also been declining, according to newly released data.
The Oklahoma Department of Health and the National Center for Health Statistics say the state's rate of about 33 births per 1,000 females ages 15-19 was second only to Arkansas.
What the collapse of Toys R Us can tell us about immigration
Toys R Us, which once was America’s largest toy store, has gone out of business for a number of reasons. Competition from online retailers and massive company debt certainly played a large part. However, the company’s last annual report also attributed its financial troubles to a declining customer base. The company noted that most of its end customers were children and that declining birth rates “could have a material adverse effect on our operating results.” That rings true.
Alaska’s population declines for first time in decades
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's population declined for the first time since the late 1980s, according to recent figures from Alaska's Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The department published the statistics for 2017 in the March edition of Alaska Economic Trends.
As birth rates drop, Kimberly-Clark feels the pinch
Americans are having fewer babies, and diaper makers are feeling the pinch.
Kimberly-Clark said Tuesday it will cut as many as 5,500 jobs, or 13 percent of its workforce, in an attempt to lower costs.
The company did not say where the job cuts would take place. Having been founded in Neenah, Kimberly-Clark is a significant employer in Wisconsin.
US census: Utah is country’s 3rd-fastest growing state
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is the third-fastest growing state in the country thanks to a high birth rate, U.S. census data found.
Utah follows only Idaho and Nevada in population growth since last year, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday.
The state's population grew by more than 57,000 people between July 2016 and July 2017, pushing Utah's total population to 3.1 million.
Oregon increasing reliant on newcomers for population growth
BEND, Ore. (AP) — The last time Oregon saw more people leaving than moving into the state was the 1980s, during a decline in the timber industry.
"People actually packed up and left," said Josh Lehner, economist with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. In 1982 and 1983, so many people left, the population declined. People continued to move away through 1986, but the birth rate made up for those losses.
Polish government asks citizens to multiply like rabbits
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government is encouraging citizens to go forth and multiply like rabbits.
The health ministry of Poland, which has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe, has put out a short video praising rabbits for producing many offspring.
Danbury to continue trend of rapid population growth, with increasing share of Latinos
DANBURY — The city’s rapid growth is expected to continue for the next two-plus decades, but the Danbury of 2040 likely will look much different from that of today.
WV ranks fourth in premature birth rates
HUNTINGTON — Nearly 12 percent of babies delivered in West Virginia are now born premature — placing the Mountain State (11.8 percent) fourth behind Mississippi (13.6 percent), Louisiana (12.6 percent) and Alabama (12 percent) for the highest percentage of preterm births.
Those relatively high rates have earned each of those states an F grade from the March of Dimes' 2017 Premature Birth Report Card.
How about a vasectomy? Uganda wants more men to say yes
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — When Martin Owor, a father of six, told his wife he was considering having a vasectomy, she told him it was out of the question. How would they live as husband and wife after his surgical sterilization?
But after a long conversation about growing up poor, the Ugandan man went ahead with a procedure that remains widely unpopular in sub-Saharan Africa, where misunderstandings are high.
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Cleveland’s premature birth rate worst in nation, March of Dimes report says
Cleveland's premature birth rate worst in nation, March of Dimes report says
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland's premature birth rate is the worst among 100 U.S. cities with the highest number of births, according to a new report from the March of Dimes released today.
The city's rate of 14.9 percent is more than two and a half times that of the best ranked city, Irvine, California, at 5.8 percent.
Teen birth rate declines significantly in Aiken County
The teen birth rate has declined significantly in Aiken County, but it still remains higher than the overall rate for the Palmetto State, according to the latest available statistics released recently by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
In 2016, the rate locally for 15- to 19-year-olds was 25.5 births per 1,000 females.
South Carolina’s teen birth rate plummets over 25 years
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's teen birth rate has dropped by 67 percent over the last 25 years.
The state Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy reports the rate fell by 9 percent from 2015 to 2016, the latest data available.
Campaign CEO Beth De Santis says the 67 percent drop since 1991 is a "point of pride for our state."
Teen birth rate continues to drop in South Carolina
The teen birth rate in South Carolina continues to decline, new numbers published by the S.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy show.
Between 2015 and 2016, the teen birth rate in the state dropped by 9 percent. Last year, looking specifically at the 15- to 19-year-old cohort, an average 23.8 of every 1,000 females gave birth.
In real numbers, more than 57,000 women in South Carolina gave birth last year, and about 3,700 of them were teenagers.
Chris Rickert: Family- and immigrant-friendly policies could increase workforce
Gov. Scott Walker and the other Republicans who control state government say they want to help businesses struggling to find people to fill open positions.
They’ve had a funny way of showing it when it comes to boosting the number of hours put in by people who have children or who want to, and by people who were born in other countries.
Wisconsin sees decline in birth rate
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's birth rate has declined in the past decade, and experts say much of the decrease is driven by a significant drop in teen births.
The state had almost 66,500 births last year, down from more than 72,700 births in 2007, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Declining birth rate in Wisconsin, U.S. could be good or bad
Wisconsin’s birth rate declined in the past decade, and the national birth rate hit a record low last year, causing some to worry about workforce and economic instability while others applaud a dramatic drop in births to teens.
“If people are having fewer children, there’s going to be a smaller pool entering the labor force 20 to 25 years down the road,” said David Egan-Robertson, a demographer at UW-Madison’s Applied Population Laboratory.
Norwich projected in state’s top 10 for population growth
From 2015 to 2040, Norwich is projected to see the state's seventh-highest percent increase in population, and New London and Lyme also are looking at population growth, according to new projections from the Connecticut State Data Center.
But the outlook isn't as rosy for other southeastern Connecticut towns. The Data Center predicts declining population in most of the area's towns, with only the 65-plus demographic growing.
Report: Utah home-birth rate is double U.S. average
Utah home-birth rate is double the US average, report says
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah women are choosing home birth at a rate double the national average, and mothers who do so tend to be older and have more education than women who decide to give birth in hospitals, according to a state health department report released this month.
Planned home births made up 2.12 percent of all births in Utah in 2013, according to the report from the Utah Department of Health. The U.S. national rate is less than 1 percent.
KINGMAN — Two workshops are scheduled Friday and Saturday in Kingman to address the high teen birth rate in Mohave County.
The county’s public health department will hold two free workshops to help decrease teen birth rates in Mohave County. High teenage pregnancy rates lead to economic, social and environmental disadvantages for girls, their families and the community, Mohave County Public Health Director Patty Mead said.
US, Arizona see historic lows in birth rates
PHOENIX (AP) — A new report shows that birth rates in Arizona and across the U.S. are at historic lows.
The National Center for Health Statistics released provisional data from 2016 on Friday that puts the national fertility rate for women between 15- and 44-years-old at 62 births per 1,000 women.
George B. Reed Jr.: Overwhelming immigrant hoards?
Have you ever wondered why the Germans and Scandinavians welcome immigrants from the war-ravaged Middle East? It isn’t from the goodness of their hearts, I assure you. It’s because of Europe’s declining birth rates. Most European countries are not even reproducing at a replacement level. Thus, the European average age is increasing. They need younger people coming in to work and contribute to their health care and retirement systems.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's Department of Public Health says births by teenagers in the city are at historic lows.
An agency statement Sunday says there have been eight consecutive years of declines.
The most recently available data is from 2014, when there were 32 births per 1,000 females between 15 and 19 — a more than a 62 percent drop from a 85.2 rate in 1999.
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister says the government will reduce mortgages for families with three or more children and build or renovate many nurseries to help boost the country's birth rate.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban has also announced cuts to student loans owed by women with two or more children and says the government would like to increase the number of children born per woman from 1.5 now to 2.1 by 2030.
Women in their 30s having more babies than younger moms in United States
NEW YORK — For the first time, women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms in the United States.
Health experts said the shift is due to more women waiting longer to have children and the ongoing drop in the teen birth rate.
For more than three decades, women in their late 20s had the highest birth rates, but that changed last year, according to preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Correction: US Births & Deaths story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story May 17 about U.S. births and deaths, The Associated Press erroneously reported last year's birth rates. The rates were calculated per 1,000 women, not 100,000. The rate per 1,000: 103 for women in their early 30s, and 102 for late 20s. The rate for all women of child-bearing age was 62.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Women in 30s now having more babies than younger moms in US
Women with advanced degrees have highest birth rate
Christi Orlowski always knew she wanted to be a mother. And she always knew she wanted to go into psychology. It was figuring out how to do both that took some managing.
Because the options in her field of choice were limited for someone with only a bachelor’s degree, Orlowski, now 37, of Oxford, pursued her doctorate from the University of Hartford.
More births expected for Muslims than Christians worldwide
NEW YORK (AP) — In recent years, Christians have had more babies than any other religious group worldwide. But by 2035, Muslims are projected to experience the higher birth rate, putting the world's two largest religions on track to have a near equal share of the global population by 2060, according to a demographic analysis released Wednesday.
Study: Most Texas school districts have scant sex education
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than four-fifths of school districts offer no sex education or only teach abstinence in Texas, which has one of the country's highest teen birth rates, according to a study released Tuesday.
The study commissioned by Texas Freedom Network, a left-leaning education watchdog group, found that 25 percent of roughly 1,000 school districts statewide didn't offer any sex education during the 2015-2016 school year and about 58 percent only taught students to abstain from sex.
Teen birth rate declines in Aiken County, but still among highest in state
While the teen birth rate in Aiken County has declined, it still remains above the overall rate for South Carolina and is among the highest in the state.
According to statistics released earlier this week by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the teen birth rate locally for 15- to 19-year-olds was 33.4 per 1,000 females.
That figure put Aiken County in a tie with Kershaw and Saluda counties for the 16th highest rate in South Carolina.