- Associated Press - Sunday, April 20, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota’s birth rate is on the rise after seeing a slump caused by the economic prospects during the recession.

The Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/1jpnWEX ) reports that the higher unemployment rate and a bleak economy led to 500 fewer babies being born in 2010 compared to 2007.

The state recorded almost 12,100 live births in 2012 and 11,894 in 2013 - almost 100 more than in 2007.

Mike McCurry is the state’s demographer. He says the increase is dominated by Native Americans and Hutterites.

State statistics show that there were about 13 white children born per 1,000 people in the population in 2012. That year, there were about 26 Native American children born per 1,000 people.

McCurry also says South Dakotans tend to have more children than residents of neighboring states.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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