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October 2017, Volume 23, Number 4

California: Average FTE Employment and Unique Farm Workers: 2007, 2012, and 2015

The average employment of hired workers in California agriculture (NAICS 11) has been rising. In 2015, some 16,400 agricultural establishments hired an average 421,300 workers and paid them $12.8 billion. Average employment is a measure of full-time equivalent jobs, not unique workers. California’s Employment Development Department extracted all Social Security Numbers reported by California agricultural establishments and found 848,000 unique workers in 2015, suggesting two unique workers per full-time equivalent job. This ratio of two workers per FTE job has been stable over the past decade.

PCalifornia: Average FTE Employment and Unique Farm Workers: 2007, 2012, and 2015"