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

    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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