ERIC Number: ED051357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
The Hired Farm Working Force of 1969; A Statistical Report.
McElroy, Robert C.
The 1969 hired farm working force (HFWF) consisted of about 2.6 million persons 14 years of age and over who did some farmwork for cash wages during the year. This drop of 12 percent from the 2.9 million in 1968 reflects further utilization of farm labor-saving technology. Members of the 1969 HFWF were mostly young (median age 23), white (77 percent), male (74 percent), persons living in non-farm places (74 percent). They earned an average of $837 in cash wages, or $10.75 a day for 78 days of farm wage work. Only 21 percent were engaged chiefly in farm wagework. Of these, 301,000 were year-round workers, who were the most fully employed and highest paid, averaging 319 days of farm wagework and earning $3,485. About 60 percent including housewives and students were not in the labor force most of the year. About 257,000 were domestic migratory workers. This group declined at about the same rate as all hired farmworkers, thus continuing to comprise about 10 percent of the total. A related document containing 1967 statistics is available as MP 000 795. (Author/GB)
Descriptors: Agricultural Laborers, Employment, Farm Labor, Labor Utilization, Migrant Workers, Statistical Surveys, Tables (Data), Wages
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (A93.28:180, $.25)
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Authoring Institution: Federal Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.