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U.S. Farm Workers Paid Slightly Less During Third Quarter
USAgNet - 11/21/2014

Workers hired directly by farm operators numbered 782,000 for the reference week of October 12-18, 2014, down 10 percent from the October 2013 reference week.

There were 838,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on the nation's farms and ranches during the week of July 6-12, 2014, down 8 percent from the July 2013 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $12.12 per hour during the October 2014 reference week, up 1 percent from a year earlier. Field workers received an average of $11.52 per hour, up 1 percent from a year earlier. Livestock workers earned $11.29, up 3 percent. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $11.46 per hour, was up 19 cents from October 2013. Hired laborers worked an average of 41.3 hours during the October 2014 reference week, compared with 41.7 hours a year earlier.

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