By David M. Brown The Associated PressA new report from Markit indicates that more than 1 million jobs are at risk of being lost in the United States as a result of the 2020 drought.
The report, released Wednesday, showed that more jobs than expected were lost in agriculture and forestry.
About 8.4 million Americans lost their jobs in agriculture, forestry, construction, construction management and professional services, according to the report.
About 1.5 million people lost their job in construction management.
The industry suffered a 1.9 percent drop in total employment in 2019, marking the second-worst year for job losses since records began in 1972, according a Markit report.
The U.S. agriculture industry saw the biggest drop in employment in the country, with nearly 3.2 million people losing their jobs, while forestry was down by more than 3.7 million people.
Markit expects the agriculture sector to lose 1.7 to 1.8 million jobs in 2020.
Forestry shed more than 2 million jobs last year, and has been shedding workers since the drought hit in 2019.
About 3.4 percent of the U.T.L.’s workforce is in the forestry industry.
The number of employees in the industry fell 2.4 percentage points from 2020 to 2019.
The decline in the employment in forestry was driven largely by a drop in the number of workers in the construction industry.
The construction industry added 3.6 percent of all jobs in 2019 and 3.3 percent in 2020, but the drop in construction jobs is much sharper than that of the forestry sector.
The construction industry is the most impacted in the report, with more than 11 million jobs lost.
The forestry industry lost nearly 1.4, according the report — the worst year for the industry since records started in 1972.
The mining industry, which includes the extraction of coal, oil and gas, is also expected to lose more than 6 million jobs, with an estimated 836,000 workers affected.
The economy was in the red for the fourth consecutive year.