United States birth rate drops to lowest in about 50 years

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NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. birth rate fell 4% last year, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years, according to a government report being released Wednesday.

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The rate dropped for moms of every major race and ethnicity, and in nearly age group, falling to the lowest point since federal health officials started tracking it more than a century ago.

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Births have been declining in younger women for years, as many postponed motherhood and had smaller families.

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