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The following is information on farm labor statistics, as reported by the United States Department of Agriculture:
Mountain Region II (includes Utah, Nevada, and Colorado): Farm operators hired 21 thousand workers the week of April 7-13, 2013, 11 percent more than in April 2012. Average wage rates for all hired workers came to $12.12 per hour, a 10-percent increase from the previous year. The average wage for field workers was $11.55 per hour and for livestock workers, $10.82 per hour. Field and livestock average wages in April 2012 were $9.60 and $9.82 per hour, respectively.
During the week of January 6-12, 2013 there were 16 thousand workers hired by farm operators in Mountain Region II, 14 percent more than January 2012. All hired workers were paid an average wage of $12.24 per hour, 3 percent higher than the previous year. Field workers received $11.53 per hour on average, and livestock workers received $10.52 per hour. This compares to $10.70 and $9.95 per hour, respectively, in January 2012.
United States: Workers hired directly by farm operators numbered 732,000 for the reference week of April 7-13, 2013, down 2 percent from the April 2012 reference week. There were 596,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on the Nation’s farms and ranches during the week of January 6-12, 2013, up 4 percent from the January 2012 reference week.
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.
Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $12.02 per hour during the January 2013 reference week, up 4 percent from a year earlier. Field workers received an average of $10.86 per hour, up 5 percent, while livestock workers earned $11.39 per hour compared with $10.96 a year earlier. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $11.07 per hour, was up 49 cents from January 2012. Hired laborers worked an average of 38.7 hours during the January 2013 reference week, compared with 39.6 hours a year earlier.