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The Great Recession didn’t just impede on our annual incomes and job security—for nearly two decades, the expected life span of Black and White Americans was steadily narrowing, but a swift reverse has occurred and now the expected life span is widening. Some experts attribute this unexpected gap to none other than the recession, reports the Huffington Post.

According to preliminary figures from the Centers for Disease Control, for all Americans, the average life expectancy nudged up to reach 78 years and two months. But blacks saw no improvement in life expectancy, which remains at 74 years and three months.

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