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Chip Rogers

Farmworker Shortage: Solution, higher pay & more hours

By Chip Rogers Posted May 28, 2013 7:31pm (EDT)
Farm Wages are Increasing Across the U.S.

Farm Wages are Increasing Across the U.S.


The much discussed shortage of farm labor has apparently caused agriculture employers to raise compensation in order to increase output.

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $11.91 per hour during the April 2013 reference week, up 4 percent from a year earlier. Field workers received an average of $10.92 per hour, up 4 percent from a year earlier. Livestock workers earned $11.46, up 51 cents. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $11.10 per hour, was up 48 cents from a year earlier. Hired laborers worked an average of 40.3 hours during the April 2013 reference week, compared with 39.2 hours a year earlier.

Despite the increase in wages and working hours farm profits are expected to rise by 13%.

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