The U.S. recorded the most deaths in its history and the fewest births since 1998, resulting in the lowest population gain from natural causes in 35 years, an analysis of 2013 Census Bureau estimates shows.
Americans remain cautious about having babies following the worst recession since the Great Depression.
"The recession... continues to have a negative impact on births," said Ken Johnson, a senior demographer with the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute, who analyzed the data.
-- Washington Post-Bloomberg
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 29, 2014 D6