The recession has been over for four years, but the birth rate in the U.S. continues to fall as many people struggle with a sluggish economy and financial uncertainty.

According to a recent analysis by the Pew Institute, since 2007 when there were a record 4,316,233 births, the number of births has been steadily declining, with 4,007,000 births in 2012 – the lowest number since 1998.

Analysts say that the birthrate is dictated by the economy.

‘When times are up, births go up,’ D’Vora Cohn, a senior writer at Pew Research Center, told Today. ‘When times are bad, births go down.’

 

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