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Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting: NAICS 11

About the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting sector

The agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector is part of the natural resources and mining supersector.

The Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in growing crops, raising animals, harvesting timber, and harvesting fish and other animals from a farm, ranch, or their natural habitats.

The establishments in this sector are often described as farms, ranches, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries, orchards, or hatcheries. A farm may consist of a single tract of land or a number of separate tracts which may be held under different tenures. For example, one tract may be owned by the farm operator and another rented. It may be operated by the operator alone or with the assistance of members of the household or hired employees, or it may be operated by a partnership, corporation, or other type of organization. When a landowner has one or more tenants, renters, croppers, or managers, the land operated by each is considered a farm.

North American Industry Classification System

The agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector consists of these subsectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Unemployment

Data series Back
data
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020
Jun.
2020

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

8.3% 9.6% 6.5% 5.4%

(Source: Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Agricultural equipment operators

15,470

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

232,870

First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

12,600

Logging equipment operators

21,110

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

13,580

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings

Recent hourly and annual earnings for occupations commonly found in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Agricultural equipment operators

$14.43 $15.30 $30,010 $31,820

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

$12.13 $13.11 $25,230 $27,280

First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

$22.15 $24.55 $46,060 $51,060

Logging equipment operators

$20.55 $20.72 $42,750 $43,090

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

$18.93 $19.93 $39,370 $41,460

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

577 596 584 574

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2018

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

5.3

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

3.3

Cases involving days away from work

1.7

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.6

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The import price index reflects the percentage change in prices paid to foreign producers for their goods and services within the U.S., while the export price index measures the percentage change in prices received by U.S. producers for goods and services sold outside the U.S.

Data series Back
data
Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020

Import index

178.1 174.9 (r)169.1 179.5

Percent change from previous month

  1.5% -1.8% (r)-3.3% (r)6.2%

Export index

(r)150.5 (r)148.4 (r)141.3 139.7

Percent change from previous month

  (r)-4.2% (r)-1.4% (r)-4.8% (r)-1.1%

Footnotes
(r) Revised

(Source: International Price Program)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.

Establishments

Data series Back
data
1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)105,934 (p)106,713 (p)107,542 (p)108,078

Local government

(p)62 (p)62 (p)62 (p)62

State government

(p)140 (p)140 (p)140 (p)140

Federal government

(p)78 (p)78 (p)76 (p)76

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: July 10, 2020