As the U.S. economy industrialized, farm employment’s share of the workforce plummeted. In the post–World War II period, its share continued to fall from roughly 12% of the workforce in 1950 to 1.5% by 1990. (Farm employment includes farm operators, managers, and laborers working directly to produce food and fiber products. It is part of a larger category, agricultural employment.)
Suggested citation: "Farm Employment," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 00-08, pp. 12, 08.01.2000.