Certainty and Stability for AEWR

Significant increases and variability in wage rates for the Department of Labor’s H-2A temporary agricultural guest worker program have long been a problem for farmers. For example, during 2019, wage rates under the H-2A program increased by more than 20% in Colorado, Nevada and Utah. In California, wage rates have increased by more than 30% since 2015, and in 32 states the wage rate has increased by more than 20% since 2015. The national average H-2A wage rate increased by 21.2% from 2015, and by nearly 6% in a single year from 2019 to 2020, e.g., 2019 H-2A Sets Records, While a 2020 AEWR Wage Increase Approaches. Source

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