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Economic Crisis Forces South Korean Women To Postpone Pregnancies

by VR Sreeraman on  March 25, 2009 at 12:43 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
The number of births in South Korea fell in January from a year earlier as women postponed pregnancies due to the economic downturn, a government report showed Wednesday.

The number fell 5.6 percent to 44,100 in January, according to the National Statistical Office.
 Economic Crisis Forces South Korean Women To Postpone Pregnancies
Economic Crisis Forces South Korean Women To Postpone Pregnancies
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The birthrate has been declining since March 2008 as people put off marriage and have fewer babies because of the adverse economy.

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The number of marriages in January dropped 3.7 percent from a year earlier to 28,400.

South Korea's birthrate even in favourable economic times is among the world's lowest, alarming officials who foresee a huge pensions bill and too few workers to sustain economic growth.

Source: AFP
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