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Hired Farm Workers, Wages Increased in April

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Labor

The number of hired farm workers and wage rates increased during this past April, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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There were 630,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on farms and ranches throughout the country during the week of April 10-16, 2022. It increased by 3% from the April 2021 reference week. By comparison, workers hired directly by farm operators during the week of Jan. 9-15 numbered 507,000, up slightly from the January 2021 reference week.

Like all other input costs, wage rates have experienced a significant increase from the previous year. Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $17.22 per hour during the April 2022 reference week. It was an increase of 8% from the April 2021 reference week.

Field workers received an average wage of $16.50 per hour during the April 2022 reference week. That is an increase of 9%.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $17.63 per hour during the January 2022 reference week, up 9% from the January 2021 reference week. Field workers received an average of $16.54 per hour, up 9%.