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There’s been a surge of deaths among these white middle-aged Americans

For the most part, Americans are living longer lives than they did decades ago — but one particular class, white middle-aged men and women with no high school degree, has not seen such luck.

The mortality rate for white Americans with no more than a high school degree was about 30% lower than the rate of black Americans in 1999 — but in 2015, it was 30% higher, according to a new paper by Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit public policy organization The Brookings Institution. There was no particular state hit hardest by the mortality rate, and both men and women were equally affected.

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