The US birth rate was down in nearly all 50 states in 2017 and below the level needed for the population to replace itself, according to a new government report.
Nationwide, the fertility rate was 16 percent lower than what is required to keep the population level steady, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed Thursday.
Experts say this is likely due to the fact that the large proportion of native-born women are having fewer children than before.
CDC researchers also found that the US white population has been hit hard by the Great Recession of 2008 and is aging.
The CDC reported in May that the US birth rate has fallen for three straight years. The agency said the number of US babies born in 2017 fell 2 percent from 2016 to 3.85 million, a 30-year low.
Demographers and public policy experts say if the rate continues to decline, there will not be enough healthy, young workers to keep the economy going and replace…