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April Farmworkers Up 9 Percent, Wages Increase 2 Percent
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 06/01/2020

Workers hired directly by farm operators numbered 688,000 for the reference week of April 12-18, 2020, up 9 percent from the April 2019 reference week. Workers hired directly by farm operators numbered 568,000 during the week of January 12-18, 2020, up 14 percent from the January 2019 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $15.07 per hour during the April 2020 reference week, up 2 percent from the April 2019 reference week. Field workers received an average of $14.19 per hour, up 3 percent. Livestock workers earned $14.10 per hour, up 4 percent. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $14.16 per hour, was up 3 percent from the 2019 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 40.3 hours during the April 2020 reference week, down 1 percent from the hours worked during the April 2019 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $15.28 per hour during the January 2020 reference week, up 2 percent from the January 2019 reference week. Field workers received an average of $14.18 per hour, up 3 percent, while livestock workers earned $14.22 per hour, up 3 percent from a year earlier. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $14.20 per hour, was up 3 percent from the January 2019 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 40.2 hours during the January 2020 reference week, up 2 percent from the hours worked during the January 2019 reference week.

Northeast Region II (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania)

There were 20,000 workers hired directly by farms during the week of January 12-18, 2020. Hired workers worked an average of 38.9 hours during the survey week. The average wage rate for all hired workers was $15.46 per hour. Field workers earned an average of $14.87 per hour and livestock worker averaged $13.43 per hour. Field & livestock workers combined earned an average of $14.20 per hour.

There were 25,000 workers hired directly by farms during the week of April 12-18, 2020. Hired workers worked an average of 39.4 hours during the survey week. The average wage rate for all hired workers was $15.24 per hour. Field workers earned an average of $14.64 per hour and livestock worker averaged $13.42 per hour. Field & livestock combined earned an average of $14.20 per hour.

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