Labor availability down 11% on American farms

Source: USDA news release



There were 613,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on the nation's farms and ranches during the week of April 11-17, 2021, down 11 percent from the April 2020 reference week.


Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $15.97 per hour during the April 2021 reference week, up 6 percent from the April 2020 reference week.


Field workers received an average of $15.19 per hour, up 7 percent. Livestock workers earned $14.81 per hour, up 5 percent. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $15.06 per hour, was up 6 percent from the 2020 reference week.


Hired laborers worked an average of 40.9 hours during the April 2021 reference week, up 1 percent from the hours worked during the April 2020 reference week.


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