YAKIMA, Wash. - The state reported a 5 percent farm labor shortage for March in Washington.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports it's the first time since 2008 that a farmworker shortage was reported as early as March.
An economist with the state Employment Security Department, John Wines, says the shortage was largely caused by the weather. There was little spring frost and orchards bloomed about a week earlier than last year, so growers need more help thinning blooms.
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