Agriculture and Drought
Most of the 11 western states were in D2 severe drought in summer 2021. The US drought monitor showed that over 90 percent of the land in AZ, CA, NV, and UT was in D2 severe drought, and significant areas were in D4 exceptional drought.
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Alaska: Ag and Fisheries
Alaska is a state of contrasts and superlatives. Alaska is the largest US state in size but one of the smallest in population, with 733,000 residents in 663,267 square miles, 1.1 people per square mile, while Manhattan has 1.6 million residents in 23 square miles or 70,000 people per square mile. With Alaska’s population density, Manhattan would have 25 people.
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ILO: 169 million migrant workers in 2019
The UN estimated 272 million international migrants in 2019, including 245 million who were 15 and older. The ILO estimated that 169 million of the 15+ migrants, 69 percent, were in the labor force of the countries to which they moved, up from 150 million migrant workers in 2013, suggesting an average increase of three million migrant workers a year.
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Unauthorized Migration to the US
The number of unauthorized foreigners more than tripled between 1990 and 2007, increasing from 3.5 million to 12.2 million before declining during and after the 2008-09 recession to an estimated 10.5 million in 2017.
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US food spending in 2020: $1.7 trillion
Americans spent $1.7 trillion on food in 2020, down from $1.8 trillion in 2019. More food was purchased to consume at home in 2020, which is cheaper than consuming food away from home.
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