The National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) is an employment-based, random survey of the demographic, employment, and health characteristics of the field labor force working to ensure crops are harvested in the U.S.  This survey is the major Federal Source for collecting data and background on migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs).

This principal survey of migrant and seasonal farmworkers is conducted for the U.S. Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS).  The presentation here provides an overview of this data product that is produced by the U.S. Labor Department and available to other Federal agencies and workforce system partners.


Please see the “National Agricultural Workers Survey Statistical Methods” for information about its sampling methods, data collection, strengths and limitations.

For an overview of NAWS data results and findings, please see findings, see "Changing Characteristics of U.S. Farm Workers: 21 Years of Findings from the National Agricultural Workers Survey."                 

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We have also included here agricultural industry data sources from the National Agriculture Statistical Service under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The main industry data sources include the Census of Agriculture and the Farm Labor Survey.