The AG Coalition for Immigration Reform (ACIR), of which WG is a member, has retained economist Dr. Steve Bronars to review USDA farm wage data to predict next year’s H-2A Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR). According to Dr. Bonars, the Arizona AEWR is expected to increase from $9.97 to $10.54 per hour. In relative terms, this 5.72% increase would tie New Mexico for the largest percentage increase. California’s AEWR is expected to increase 2.91%, from $11.01 to $11.33 per hour. Other notable findings include:
- Colorado and Nevada are each expected to increase 4.41% to $11.37 per hour
- Across all states, the AEWR is expected increase by 1.7% on average
- Every state's AEWR will be at least $10
These numbers are likely to become the actual AEWRs, but are not official until the Department of Labor announces the 2015 AEWRs, which typically occurs in late December.
Since 2005, Western Growers Labor Services has helped WG members successfully use the H-2A program, the only agricultural temporary visa program. If you are anticipating having a shortage of reliable labor in 2015, please contact WG Vice President and General Counsel Jason Resnick for information about our H-2A services.
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