CDC: “Age-adjusted death rate increased by 15.9% in 2020”; COVID Third Leading Cause of Death

The CDC released the Provisional Mortality Data — United States, 2020 today:

During January–December 2020, the estimated 2020 age-adjusted death rate increased for the first time since 2017, with an increase of 15.9% compared with 2019, from 715.2 to 828.7 deaths per 100,000 population. COVID-19 was the underlying or a contributing cause of 377,883 deaths (91.5 deaths per 100,000). COVID-19 death rates were highest among males, older adults, and AI/AN and Hispanic persons. The highest numbers of overall deaths and COVID-19 deaths occurred during April and December. COVID-19 was the third leading underlying cause of death in 2020, replacing suicide as one of the top 10 leading causes of death
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This is very close to economist Tom Lawler’s estimates, see: Lawler: Update on the Dismal Demographics of 2020; “Smallest Population increase since 1918”