Hired U.S. and California Farm Workers are Aging and Settling

     The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Agricultural Worker Survey (NAWS) finds that farm workers are mostly Mexican-born men (NAWS, 2016). The NAWS, launched in 1989 to detect farm labor shortages due to immigration reforms, found that the foreign-born share of U.S. crop workers was 55% in 1989-90, peaked at 83% in 1999-00, and is now 70%. About 30% of today’s crop workers were born in the U.S. In 1990, the share of unauthorized farm workers was less than 10%, it peaked at almost 60% in 2000, and is now less than 50%. Read more.

    This article was published in the Western Rural Development Center’s Rural Connections Spring 2017.

    Published on: May 17, 2017

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