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

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2014
Sep.
2014
Oct.
2014
Nov.
2014

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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8.1% 7.5% 7.6% 11.2%

(Source: Current Population Survey

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Agricultural equipment operators

13,040

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

210,980

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

10,310

Logging equipment operators

20,600

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

12,460

(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, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Agricultural equipment operators

$11.07 $12.18 $23,030 $25,330

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

$8.92 $9.28 $18,540 $19,290

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

$19.77 $21.37 $41,130 $44,450

Logging equipment operators

$16.73 $17.01 $34,810 $35,380

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

$15.65 $16.50 $32,550 $34,310

(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 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

624 570 512 (P) 483

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

 

Total recordable cases

4.8 5.5 5.5 5.7

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

2.7 3.1 3.3 3.4

Cases involving days away from work

1.7 1.8 2.0 2.0

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.1 1.3 1.3 1.3

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

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.

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2014
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2014
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2014

Import index

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177.9 (R) 178.0 (R) 185.4 183.2

Percent change from previous month

  0.0% (R) 0.1% (R) 4.2% (R) -1.2%

Export index

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179.5 176.1 (R) 168.4 172.1

Percent change from previous month

  -5.2% -1.9% (R) -4.4% (R) 2.2%

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

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2013
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2013
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2014
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2014

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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98,667 99,294 (P) 99,564 (P) 100,034

Local government

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64 64 (P) 65 (P) 65

State government

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141 142 (P) 138 (P) 138

Federal government

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82 82 (P) 80 (P) 77

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

The Editor's Desk

See industry studies in the subject matter index of The Editor's Desk (Current Edition).

Monthly Labor Review

See industry studies in the Index of the Monthly Labor Review Online (Current Issue).

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: December 19, 2014