General Demographics in the 1980's
Explosions in the Sunbelt
Growth Rate of the United States
Another interesting bit about the birth rate of the 1980's was that it was the decade in which teen pregnancy began being recognized as on the decrease. In years previous, teen pregnancy was fairly common, but from the 1980's on, it became less and less common, despite popular media in current times, such as shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. This trend was widely recognized as showing progress in the women's movements in the earlier decade.
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
The result of this act, further than the granting of citizenship, was that there was more widespread discrimination in the work place. Many employers, instead of relying on citizenship status, began to discriminate against workers who even appeared foreign. This discrimination led to a reduction in the amount of Hispanic employees in the workforce, simply because of the color of their skin.
Because immigrants were 6.2% of the American population in 1980, these changes resonated through society. However, a study done late in the 1980's revealed that immigration actually helped the economy as the positions for higher paying jobs ended up paying higher, and goods were produced and therefore sold for less money due to the increase of cheap labor.
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