Labor shortage prompts growers to boost wages

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Farmworker (AP Photo)

Farmworker (AP Photo)

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Concerns of a potential farm labor shortage are prompting San Joaquin Valley growers to boost the wages they pay to farmworkers.

The Fresno Bee reports that with the labor pool already tight and warmer-than-normal temperatures increasing the demand for workers because crops like cherries, blueberries and tree fruit are ripening all at the same time, growers are offering up to $10 an hour for the harvest season.

The newspaper says wages are about $1 to a $1.50 higher compared to last year, and could continue to rise as the season progresses.

In September 2012, the average hourly earnings for San Joaquin Valley farmworkers rose to $12.09 during the peak of the harvest season.

Officials told The Bee that tighter border security, increased smuggling costs for immigrants and drug-related violence are contributing to fewer people entering the U.S. to work in the fields.

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