Agricultural Worker Population Estimate—2020 Update

Population Estimate Update by the Employment and Training Administration

LSC has contracted with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) in the Department of Labor (DOL) to obtain updated data about the agricultural worker population living in poverty that LSC uses for allocating  funding to service areas for Basic Field—Agricultural Worker grants. ETA will update the estimation methodology and the LSC Agricultural Worker Population estimates that ETA provided to LSC in 2016 (described below). ETA will provide the updated estimates to LSC in the fall of 2020.

LSC will provide grantees and stakeholders with information about the 2020 Agricultural Worker Population Estimates update on an ongoing basis through this webpage and through emails and direct communications .

To submit questions, comments and suggestions, email agworkerpopulation@lsc.gov.

To be added to the distribution list for announcements about this process, please email agworkerpopulation@lsc.gov with the subject: Updates.

Materials submitted to LSC for consideration will appear in the Stakeholder Input section, below.

Upcoming Events or Announcements

There will be a webinar briefing in the fall (date yet to be determined) to inform grantees about ETA’s preliminary 2020 LSC Agricultural Worker Population estimates and estimation methodology.  We will post information about the webinar and other events on this webpage send announcements as they are scheduled.

Past Events and Other Resources

Webinar on Updating the 2016 Methodology (July 8, 2020)

This webinar summarized the work ETA will be conducting, described the 2016 methodology, identified potential changes to the 2016 estimation methodology, and solicited participants’ questions and suggestions.

 Briefing to National Legal Aid and Defender Association Farmworker Section (May 21, 2020)

In this briefing, LSC staff provided to the Farmworker Section of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association an overview of the estimation methodology adopted in 2016, the allocation formula, and plans for the 2020 update.

Stakeholder Input

Current LSC Agricultural Worker Population Estimates and Estimation Methodology

In 2016, LSC updated the estimation methodology and the estimate of the LSC Agricultural Worker Population for the first time in over twenty years.  The estimates reflected input LSC received during three public comment periods from January 2015 through July 2016.  

The 2016 estimation methodology is set forth in three documents:

Those documents and additional, comprehensive information about the 2015–2016 process including the estimation methodology, public comments and the updated LSC Agricultural Worker Population estimates adopted by LSC are available at: