FILE – This Thursday, February 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a post-partum recovery centre in upstate New York. According to a Centres for Disease Control and Prevention report released on Thursday, May 17, 2018, 2017 saw the lowest number of US births in 30 years, with birth rates declining not only for women in their teens and 20s but _ surprisingly _ also women in their 30s. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Cause for concern: US birth rates plunge to record lows, with economic ramifications

The latest downward trend began around the onset of the global financial crisis in 2007 and 2008, but has not abated even as US jobs rebounded and the economy has improved

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FILE – This Thursday, February 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a post-partum recovery centre in upstate New York. According to a Centres for Disease Control and Prevention report released on Thursday, May 17, 2018, 2017 saw the lowest number of US births in 30 years, with birth rates declining not only for women in their teens and 20s but _ surprisingly _ also women in their 30s. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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