The drought is taking a toll on California’s economy, with the state’s unemployment rate soaring to 8.4% and a third of households reporting being in poverty, according to a new report.
The state’s agriculture sector has been struggling since October as the state struggles to deal with its record crop losses and a long drought.
The report says there is no clear answer as to why California farmers are fleeing the state, or why some are leaving, while others remain in the state.
Some are looking to Colorado for help.
Colorado is the only state with a dry spell, and farmers there are struggling to find jobs, the report says.
“Farmers are looking for alternative employment, while the government is struggling to provide them with a fair share of the crop losses,” the report said.
In Colorado, some farms are being sold for profit, while other are simply being left on the vine.
In some cases, farmers are leaving because the cost of crop insurance is too high, the agency said.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has not provided data on the number of farmers who have left the state in recent months, according a report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
It says the number is likely far higher than what has been reported in the past.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.