The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration released its OFLC H2A statistics from the fourth quarter of FY 2015 (through September 30). The document provides statistics for the H2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Program. It includes statistics for the number of applications received and processed, and the top states, employers, and crops by number of workers certified in FY 2015. You can find the document here.
The DOL received 7,562 applications in FY 2015.
For FY 2015, the DOL made 7,568 total determinations. Of those, 7,192 were certified, 210 were denied, and 163 were withdrawn. 145,874 positions were requested, and 139,832 of those were certified. 97.2% of the applications were processed timely (calculated from the beginning of FY 2014: Q2).
The top three states by worker positions certified were:
- Florida — 17,942 (13%)
- North Carolina — 17,696 (13%)
- Georgia — 14,393 (10%)
Of note, New York came in at eighth place with 5,039 positions certified.
The top three crops by positions certified were:
- Tobacco — 14,544 (10%)
- Berries — 12,520 (9%)
- Apples — 7,507 (5%)
This is a brief overview of the H2A Labor Certification Program statistics. The full document contains additional lists and charts.