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College tuition has risen just 1.9% so far this year (roughly in line with inflation), the slowest pace in decades. With a smaller pool of potential enrollees thanks to declining birthrates and a steadily improving job market, higher ed appears to finally be running into demand constraints.
The U.S. labor force participation rate ticked up slightly YOY in Q1 2017—despite the downward drag posed by a slower-growing working-age population. The single largest contributor to higher LFP was fewer consumers staying home for family responsibilities, a trend rooted in a declining U.S. birthrate.
Toys “R” Us saw consolidated net sales fall by $113 million YOY to $2.2 billion in Q1 2017—thanks in large part to a bust in its baby business. Mainstream toy retailers face a harsh demographic reality: Millennials are waiting to start having kids, and the ones who are having kids opt for high-end products sold by specialty retailers.
New projections indicate that immigration will be responsible for more than the entire increase in the working-age population from 2015 to 2035. As U.S. fertility continues to decline, working-age population replenishment will be increasingly dependent on a growing immigrant population.
The Economist grapples with the various reasons why Millennials are bringing about a decline in domestic migration. While they do list some major concerns such as financial constraints and delayed family formation, they miss an important point: Millennials are close to their parents and most don’t want to fly too far away from the nest.
New research shows that Americans are growing more politically polarized, with the biggest increases occurring among the 65+. While many blame the Internet for growing U.S. partisanship, this ignores the fact that its biggest users (Millennials) are a non-confrontational bunch.
Lecturer John Whitman wonders whether the United States will soon face a nursing home shortage thanks to Boomers. While the aging of this enormous generation will undoubtedly put a strain on many industries, most Boomers would rather age in place close to family than be put up in a nursing home.