DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan's economic troubles are seen as contributing to a birthrate that's the state's lowest since the 1870s.
The Detroit Free Press reports Sunday that 117,309 babies were born in Michigan in 2009, the smallest number since the end of World War II, and the birthrate was 11.8 babies per 1,000 residents amid the weak economy. The newspaper says the state's birthrate peaked during the 1950s at 27.6 new babies for every 1,000 residents.
The National Center for Health Statistics says eight states had lower birthrates than Michigan in 2009.
Michigan has lost jobs every year for the past decade, and was the only state to lose population during that period. It's had one of the nation's highest unemployment rates in recent years.
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