The infertility of unemployment

Posted on September 30, 2011 by

From Business Insider:

A recent study by ForbesWoman and YourTango found that 75% of women polled would not marry a man who was unemployed…

Once a couple gets past the first few dates and falls in love, they’re likely to quickly combine living expenses. But census data show the increase in opposite-sex couples living together comes at a time when unemployment is rising. The number of unmarried couples living together increased 13% between 2009 and 2010. Nearly 7.5 million couples were cohabitating in 2010, up from about 6.7 million in 2009. And census data show that the co-habitants are more likely to have at least one unemployed spouse than married couples…

The birth rate has declined every year since the recession started, falling over 7%… A 2009 Pew Research Center survey reported that 14% of people in their prime childbearing years put off having a child because of the recession. The largest birth rate declines were also in states with the greatest job loss and foreclosures: Arizona, Florida and California.

So unemployment is less a barrier to sex than to marriage, but marriage to an employed man is still the main driver of fertility. So could it be that rising unemployment will cause the birth rate to drop even faster than it already is?

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