ERIC Number: ED316455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Fertility of American Women: June 1988. Current Population Reports. Population Characteristics.
Current Population Reports, Series P-20 n436 May 1989
The fertility rate for the 12 months ending in June 1988 was an estimated 69.7 births per 1,000 women aged 18 to 44 years. Fertility rates during the 1980s have been stable. The statistics on childbearing and birth expectations of U.S. women contained in the detailed tables of this report are based on data collected in the June 1988 supplement to the Current Population Survey. The principal findings of the survey follow: Among women who had a child in the year preceding the survey, 51 percent were in the labor force. This rate was substantially higher for women with four or more years of college than for women who had completed less than 12 years of school. The fertility rate for women 30 to 34 years old was 81.6 births per 1,000 women, up from the 1980 rate. Twenty-five percent of women in their early thirties were childless. Hispanic women had an estimated fertility rate of 94.0 births per 1,000 women 18 to 44 years old, significantly higher than the fertility rate for non-Hispanic women (67.5 per 1,000). Forty percent of first births between 1985 and 1988 for women 15 to 29 years old were either born out-of-wedlock or were conceived before the woman's first marriage. This proportion ranged from 32.8 percent for White women to 78.8 percent for Black women. Among Hispanic women, the figure was 42.7 percent. Women 18 to 34 years old in 1988 expected to have an average of 2.1 children in their lifetime. About 15 percent of women 18 to 34 years old, however, were uncertain about their future childbearing plans. The document is a primary data source used by teachers in developing lesson plans or by students working on individual or group projects. (JB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
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