Korean Birthrate Hits Second Year Low

D-Bo , Feb. 27, 2015, 9:07 a.m.

The number of births has dwindled for two years running. Statistics Korea on Thursday tentatively put the number of new births last year at 435,300, down 1,200 from 2013.   The figure is second lowest ever.   Yun Yeon-ok at Statistics Korea attributed the drop to an increase in unmarried women and late marriages and to fewer people having a second child.

The decrease goes hand in hand with a drop in marriages over the past three years. But an increase in children born to women over 35 slightly staunched the trend.  The number of fertile women aged 15-49 dropped more rapidly than that of births, producing the statistical illusion that the birthrate increased.

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