Farmworker services

Employment Security estimates that average annual employment for farmworkers in Washington state (2013) was 96,735.  Peak employment (July 2013) was 151,330.  Additional services are available through WorkSource's Washington Farmworker Services

The department is committed to working with Washington’s agricultural employers and farm workers by managing the agricultural service program.  Through this program, specialized staff are located in offices that serve a 21 county region to help agricultural employers find skilled and qualified workers in a timely manner while also helping workers connect with employment and community resources.

In addition, the Employment Security Department assists with the federal Alien Employment Certification H2-A program, which allows agricultural employers to bring foreign workers temporarily, when not enough qualified U.S. workers are available.

Reporters may contact Janelle Guthrie jguthrie@esd.wa.gov or Bill Tarrow btarrow@esd.wa.gov.