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The birth rate in the U.S. increased last year for the first time since 2014

May 24, 2022
Overall, births are still trending downward.
Birth rates tend to fall during recessionary times.
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How serious is our declining population growth problem?

The implications of a shrinking population on our economic growth are potentially big, but Marketplace senior economic contributor Chris Farrell thinks there's some solutions to tap.
Embracing technology during the pandemic could help, says Chris Farrell.
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Japan's population is plunging, so where are the babies?

Apr 20, 2016
The nation fights an alarming trend with matchmakers and a shift in workplace culture.
Kumi Matsumoto and her second child in Tokyo. On balancing the demands of motherhood and work in Japan, "I’m the kind of woman who does not think that quitting is realistic choice," she said. 
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