The National Farmworker Jobs Program
The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) is a nationally-directed, locally-administered program of services for migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs) and includes 52 employment and training grants, as well as 17 housing grants across the United States and Puerto Rico. The program partners with community organizations and state agencies to counter the chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by farmworkers who depend primarily on jobs in agricultural labor performed across the country. The NFJP is an integral part of the public workforce system and a partner in the nationwide network of One-Stop Career Centers. In addition, NFJP partners with state monitor advocates to provide services to farmworkers and their families working in agriculture employment.
The NFJP program was created under the 1964 Civil Rights Act and is currently authorized under Section 167 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) reauthorizes NFJP and reaffirms a commitment to continue services for farmworkers and their families.
50 Years of Service
The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) serves farmworkers and their families because of a commitment made 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson to restoring our nation's fundamental promise of equality and opportunity. The 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Economic Opportunity Act were twin pillars of the "War on Poverty" to extend the American Dream to those who had been unjustly excluded. One of the key elements of the latter bill was the establishment of programs to assist farmworkers and their families with services such as education, housing, and childcare. Fifty years later, the NFJP program continues to counter the chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by many working in agricultural labor.
In celebration of the 50 Year Anniversary, Assistant Secretary Portia Wu highlighted the NFJP program in a (Work in Progress) blog on the DOL media portal.
Featured Success Story
Robert came to Pathstone with nothing to his name but a felony conviction; however he was determined to have a better life. He wanted to be a truck driver but found that his history was a barrier. Robert said that "Everywhere I go; I just keep getting doors slammed in my face." PathStone provided Job Readiness Training to help get Robert ready to re-enter a work environment. With a training certificate already in hand from the corrections facility in the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) field, PathStone put Robert through Occupational Skills Training to obtain his Class "A" CDL. He also received assistance with food, gas, and health examinations. Once Robert successfully completed his training, he was working full time less than two weeks later and even received a raise in his first two weeks of work. Read more.
|Number of farmworkers helped by NFJP in Program Year 2012||20,330|
|Entered employment rate for NFJP participants in program year 2012||85.5%|
|Employment retention rate for NFJP participants in program year 2012||83.1%|