From 2016 to 2017, the birth rate in the U.S. declined 2%, documents the National Center for Health Statistics.
Currently there are about 60.2 births for every 1,000 females. Here are more details from Bloomberg.
Just as in The Great Depression, severe economic uncertainty dominates the minds and hearts of those on Main Street. And not being able to trust any expert about what will happen to their jobs is what keeps them up at night.
More and more are unwilling to increase that anxiety by also being kept awake because a teenage child hasn't returned home yet. Or, that son or daughter needs to pony up $50k a year for 4 years to pay for college.
The alt-right, whose platform has long been traditional family values, could crumble because of its failure to recognize the daily suffering of average Americans. That could be put in play in the midterm elections. And, that, not Trumpism, could be the end of that political faction.
In my coaching of those over-50, over and over again I experience this meme: becoming risk-averse in changing jobs or starting a business after job loss because of the need to support a family in an economy no one understands. In fact, one executive search firm is screening me to be a coach to help their middle-age clients take risks to enhance their professional future.
The all-too-familiar mindset is that the job they hold is "the last job." That is not only-short-sighted. It is dangerous. Trying too hard to hold on to what one has impairs performance. Opportunities aren't spotted. Those in such angst are labeled "old."
There's more. Lots more.
Given that retirement is becoming an anachronism, most professionals have to change their career playbook. Not taking risks means being stuck. Actually, ducking new opportunities is one of the 4 demons which can put the careers of the middle-age in-park. Here, free to download, is a book on the syndrome overtaking seasoned players.
When Economic Woman and Economic Man believe they can navigate the unknowns in their financial future, they will consider starting a family.
Charting a course entails mothballing the concept of a comfort zone. No one should expect to get comfortable when it comes to earning a living. Once they no longer have the employment objective of settling in then they can consider taking on the responsibility of a family.
If the alt-right wants to hold its political power it will create a message of economic values for all. Ditch the family values. Meanwhile, more of my over-50 clients are advising their adult children to "adopt a dog," not bring grandchildren into this world economy disrupted by technology.
Also, given that too many employers aren't family-friendly, it's no surprise that even way back when my mentor told me to ditch the dream of adopting an infant girl from China. "There are plenty of dogs at the shelter which need your love," he hammered.
I listened. My career thrived. My four-legged children have brought such joy into my little life.
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