Birthrate Declines for 17 Straight Month Arirang News

Nana Park, June 29, 2017, 9:22 a.m.

Korea's birthrate has declined for the 17th month in a row. According to Statistics Korea, about 30,000 babies were born in April, which marks a 13.6 percent drop from the same month last year.

The birthrate has been falling every month since December 2015 when it rose by 3.4 percent. The latest figure also marks the lowest total births in April since the start of the new millennium when the statistical office first began collecting the monthly figure.

The number of married couples also dropped for the seventh consecutive month in April.

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