Next year, the birth rate in the United States may fall sharply, which will become a new challenge for the economy even after the end of the coronavirus pandemic. This is reported by Bloomberg.
The overall birth rate fell from 2.1 to 1.7 children per woman. According to a survey by the Guttmacher Institute, 34 percent of American women would like to delay pregnancy or have fewer children because of the crisis caused by the pandemic.
Analysts at the Brookings institution expect the situation to worsen. In 2021, the country may have 500 thousand fewer children than in the current year. The number of unborn children is likely to significantly exceed the number of Americans who died from the coronavirus (about 150,000 people).
All together this will lead to a decrease in the number of consumers, workers, and taxpayers in the future. At the same time, experts doubt that in the coming years there will be a surge in the birth rate, compensating for the current losses.