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Farm Wages Rose in April from Previous Year
USAgNet - 05/29/2020

There were 688,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on the nation's farms during the 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.

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