May 7, 2021

COVID-19 IMPACT ON BIRTHRATES

  • US birthrate was down 4% in 2020 to nearly 3.6 million babies, the 6th straight annual decline and the lowest since 1979. (US population in 1980: 226,545,805 and 2021: 332,278,200).
  • In December 2020, birthrates in Italy’s top 15 cities (9 months into the lock down) plunged by 21.6%. In the last 10 months of 2020 marriages in Italy were down 50%.
  • In March and April of this year a European survey conducted in 5 countries revealed that Germans and French were going to delay having children. Italians were more likely to abandon their plans.
  • In the UK baby carriage demand is the lowest on record.
  • Good news sales of pregnancy test kits and pregnancy vitamins in Germany are picking up.

US EMPLOYMENT DATA FOR APRIL

  • Unemployment rate moved to 6.1% from 6.0%, estimate 5.8%.
  • Number of new jobs was 266,000 (estimate) versus expected 800,000 to 1 million. March was revised down to 770,000 from 916,000.
  • New jobs added are up 4 months in a row but still 8.2 million short of pre-pandemic (Feb. 2020).
  • Temporary jobs loss 111,400, with transportation and warehouse down 74,000.
  • Leisure and hospitality jobs rose by 331,000 in April, added 950,000 jobs in the past 3 months but still 3 million short of Feb 2020 levels.
  • Estimated that 1.6 million want a job but not looking as they are concerned about contracting the virus.

CANADA’S EMPLOYMENT DATA FOR APRIL

  • Canada lost 207,000 jobs after adding 303,000 in March and our unemployment rate rose to 8.1% from 7.5%.
  • Canada has replaced 83% of its pre-pandemic job losses.
  • Ontario lost 153,000 and BC lost 43,000 for a total of 196,000, nearly 95% of the total jobs lost.
  • Retail shed 84,000 jobs, hospitality 59,000 and recreation 26,000 for a total of 169,000 or nearly 80% of jobs lost.
  • As of the end of this April, employer job postings were up 21% compared to Feb. 2020.
  • Alberta lost 12,600 jobs in April, part time lost 38,400 and added 25,900 full time.
  • Alberta’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.0% from 9.1% as there are 17,200 fewer people looking for work.

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK (May 3-9)

  • 1 in 5 Canadians experiences mental illness or a mental health issue in any given year, but 5 in 5 of us – that’s all of us – has mental health.
  • Regardless of whether or not we have a mental illness, our mental health is something we can protect and nurture.
  • Get involved and get help. Visit mentalhealthweek.ca for information.
  • If you or someone you love is struggling, there is hope and help: