The annual number of births in Spain fell for the second consecutive year in 2010 after a decade of continued growth and the birth rate stood at its lowest level since 2003, said Thursday the National Institute of Statistics.
In 2010 there were 1.96 percent of births minus the previous year, reaching 484,055 and leaving the crude birth rate (number of births per 1,000 inhabitants) in 10.51, its lowest level for seven years.
These figures had increased during the ten years of expansion of the Spanish economy, fueled by the boom in construction and real estate market, reaching its peak in 2008 with 518,503 births and a birth rate of 11.37. That year the economic crisis broke out in the country that still has not recovered and has left one in five workers is unemployed.
The INE attributed the decline in the number of births to demographic reasons, noting in a statement that "it was mainly the result of a gradual reduction in the number of women of childbearing age," as the number of children per woman) just unchanged compared to 2009, reaching 1.38.