Area USDA farm labor reports

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Northern Plains

LINCOLN, Neb. — In the Northern Plains Region (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) there were 34,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on farms and ranches during the week of July 10-16, 2016, down 8 percent from the July 2015 reference week, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Workers numbered 34,000 during the week of October 9-15, 2016, down 15 percent from the October 2015 reference week.

Farm operators in the Northern Plains Region paid their hired workers an average wage of $14.49 per hour during the July 2016 reference week, up 4 percent from the July 2015 reference week. Field workers received an average of $15.17 per hour, up $1.51. Livestock workers earned $12.83 per hour, down 48 cents. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate at $14.10, was up 60 cents from the 2015 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 44.0 hours during the July 2016 reference week, compared with 39.6 hours worked during the July 2015 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $14.56 per hour during the October 2016 reference week, down 1 percent from the October 2015 reference week. Field workers received an average of $15.33 per hour, up 74 cents. Livestock workers earned $12.50 per hour compared with $13.86 a year earlier. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at 14.15, was down 15 cents from the October 2015 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 44.8 hours during the October 2016 reference week, compared with 41.0 hours worked during the October 2015 reference week.

Lake Region

There were 58,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Lake Region (Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) during the reference week of July 10-16, 2016, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Farm Labor Report. Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $13.24 per hour, up $0.68 from July 2015. The number of hours worked averaged 38.5 for hired workers during the reference week, compared with 38.3 hours in July 2015.

During the reference week of October 9-15, 2016, there were 59,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Lake Region (Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $14.67 per hour during the October 2016 reference week, up $1.39 from October 2015. The number of hours worked averaged 42.1 for hired workers during the reference week, up from 41.5 hours in October 2015.

Cornbelt II Region

There were 27,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Cornbelt II Region (Iowa and Missouri) during the reference week of July 10-16, 2016, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Farm Labor Report. Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $13.72 per hour, up $0.83 from July 2015. The number of hours worked averaged 37.2 for hired workers during the reference week, compared with 39.6 hours in July 2015.

During the reference week of October 9-15, 2016, there were 35,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Cornbelt II Region (Iowa and Missouri). Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $13.64 per hour during the October 2016 reference week, up $0.61 from October 2015. The number of hours worked averaged 38.4 for hired workers during the reference week, down from 41.0 hours in October 2015.