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Fertility rate on the decline

Fertility rate on the decline

Posted on: 2/13/2019 | Author: ATB Financial's Economics + Research Team

​​Albertans are having fewer babies according to the most recent fertility rate data. In 2017, just under 54,000 babies were born in our province, a decline of four per cent from one year earlier.

The highest number of babies born in a single year occurred in 2015 when nearly 57,000 babies were born. Over the previous decade, the number of newborns each year had grown at an average pace of three per cent.

Slower economic growth, job uncertainty and suppressed wages over the last couple of years may be a few reasons why the fertility rate is down.

Despite the economic backdrop, Alberta’s relatively young population still gives the province a higher fertility rate than others. This is good news for Alberta’s retailers and housing.

Live births, AB, graph

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