KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The state Employment Security Department says jobs in Washington's agricultural industry grew last year.
A state report released says 12,300 more season and permanent jobs were added in 2009. There were a total of 68,330 permanent and seasonal agricultural jobs in Washington in January.
A survey of 1,800 growers also show wages for season workers rose 7% to $9.42 an hour. The state's minimum wage for 2010 is $8.55 per hour.