North America's working hours lost due to heat stress by sector 1995-2030

Share of working hours lost in North America (United States and Canada) due to heat stress is expected to almost double between 1995 and 2030, from 0.1 percent to 0.19 percent of working hours. The most affected economic sectors are agriculture and construction (carried out in shade), with an expected 1.01 percent of total working hours lost to heat stress in both sectors.

Share of working hours lost due to heat stress in North America in 1995 and 2030, by sector

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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

North America

Survey time period

1995

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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