Economic Tidbits

Workers Down, Wages Up

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service reported farm and ranch operators in Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota employed 30,000 workers in April, down 6 percent from the previous year. However, the average wage paid this year, $15.58 per hour, was 6 percent greater than the average wage paid last year. Farm workers were paid an average of $16.13 per hour while livestock workers were paid $12.42 per hour.

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