A 25% improvement in the black death rate since 1999 was reported by the CDC this week.
They analyzed for age-specific trends among 4 age groups: 18 to 34, 35 to 49, 50 to 64 and 65 and older.
Whites, who live 4 years longer than blacks on average, have seen worse death rates since 1999, as was reported in headline news earlier this year. The trend in white deaths is referred to as "deaths of despair" and are often related to drugs, alcohol and suicide, and they are widespread -- crossing the county and all its socioeconomic brackets, but are particularly prevalent in low-education whites (high school or less).
Globally, mortality rates are getting better for almost everyone. In the U.S., minorities are seeing longer lives, but in other developed countries, which are often compared with America, white lives are increasing.