Why Is A U.S Population Slump Of Any Concern?

May 26, 2011  |  

by R. Asmerom

New reports indicate that population growth in the United States is in a slump, according to the US Census Bureau. And according to CNN, the United Nations expects the global population to continue growing while the American population lags behind that of the population growth of countries like India and China.

Based on the findings, the author of the CNN article asked: “Will a slump in population growth cause the United States to lose power on the world stage? What does slower growth mean for the still-struggling economy? And are there advantages to population growth leveling off?”

Although David Lam, president of the Population Association of America, responded with a sentiment of reassurance, you have to wonder why is population growth is cause for concern in the U.S?

First of all, the only thing the country has to do, if and when it needs a larger population, is to relax immigration restrictions. This option should devalue any big concern for the country.

Second, why does it seem that when there are so few jobs and so many people out of work, that the lack of a baby boom can be considered a problem?

Third, it’s easy to see why there is a slump. More and more women are working and more people are clocking in longer hours since the days of the Baby Boom in the 1950s. Memo to government: if you have a problem with the slowing population growth, why don’t you work to create more life work balance in corporate culture or reduce the work days?

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