White Working-Class Americans Are Dying Younger


Middle-age white working-class Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger than other middle-age U.S. adults, according to a research by two Princeton University economists.

This could be caused by poor job prospects, a situation that compounds over time through family dysfunction, social isolation, addiction, obesity and other pathologies, such as cancer and heart disease.

Middle-aged whites in the U.S. with a high school diploma or less have experienced increasing midlife mortality since the late 1990s.

Mortality rates for these people, which were around 30% lower than mortality rates of blacks in 1999, grew to be 30% higher than blacks by 2015.

Source: New research identifies a ‘sea of despair’ among white, working-class Americans

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