The number of newborns per month hit its lowest level on record in April amid concerns about Korea's shrinking population.
According to data by Statistics Korea on Wednesday, the number of births declined 6.1 percent on-year to 26,1-hundred in April. The numbers were the lowest since the data was first compiled in 1981.
The statistics agency said the birth rate has continued to fall mainly because fewer people are getting married. There were 20-thousand marriages in April, down 2.9 percent from the previous year.
"The main reason for falling childbirths in April is because the number of females aged from 30 to 34, who are the group most capable of childbearing, has decreased 3.3 percent on-year, and the number of marriages has fallen for seven years in a row."
Meanwhile, in another report by the agency on the same day, some 569-thousand people moved to other regions or cities within the country in May. That's down 5.1 percent from a year earlier, and the lowest figure since October 2018.
Gyeonggi-do Province, Sejong City and the southern island of Jeju saw an increase in population,while 11 other regions or cities lost population, including Seoul and Busan.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.