March 25, 2021 08:21
The number of births dropped for the 62nd month in a row in January.
According to data released by Statistics Korea on Wednesday, the number of births in January dropped 6.3 percent on-year to around 25,000. It is the lowest number for the month since the agency started compiling data in 1981.
Deaths outnumbered births by more than 2,000. Korea's population has been declining for 15 months now and seems to be heading for a demographic cliff.
Statistics Korea attributed the decline in births mainly to a drop in the number of women of child-bearing age.
The number of marriages has been dwindling since 2012, and the situation has been exacerbated by the coronavirus epidemic. There were 16,280 marriages in January, down nearly 18 percent on-year. It is the largest decrease for the month in more than 20 years since a decline of 22.9 percent in 1997.
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