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U.S. working hours lost due to heat stress by sector 1995-2030

The share of working hours lost in the United States due to heat stress is expected to double between 1995 and 2030, from 0.11 percent to 0.21 percent of total working hours. The most affected economic sectors are agriculture and construction (carried out in shade), with an expected 1.18 percent of working hours lost due to heat stress in 2030 for both sectors.

Share of working hours lost due to heat stress in the United States in 1995 and 2030, by sector

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Release date

July 2019


United States

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Supplementary notes

* Forecast.
Figures show the percentage of working hours lost to heat stress (and the associated health, well-being and productivity effects) in each sector and in the economy as a whole. Values are based on historical observations and on estimates obtained using the RCP2.6 climate change scenario (global temperature rise of 1.5°C by the end of the century).

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