non·​farm | \ ˌnän-ˈfärm How to pronounce nonfarm (audio) \
variants: or non-farm

Definition of nonfarm

: not of or relating to farms or farming nonfarm job growth nonfarm products non-farm land

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Other Words from nonfarm

non-farming \ ˌnän-​ˈfär-​miŋ How to pronounce non-farming (audio) \ or nonfarming adjective
non-farming activities a nonfarming family

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Economists expect nonfarm jobs to rise by 195,000 for June, compared with a gain of 223,000 the prior month. Waverly Colville, WSJ, "U.S. Private Sector Continues to Expand," 5 July 2018 Total nonfarm earnings in Connecticut were also the second worst in the country after Alaska. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Regressive State of America," 25 Apr. 2018 Market participants are awaiting the Labor Department’s nonfarm payrolls report for May, due out Friday. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Dollar Flat as Investors Await Payroll Data," 31 May 2018 What the two business owners have in common is their reliance on the H-2B visa program, which allows unskilled workers from Mexico, the Philippines, Jamaica and dozens of other countries to take temporary nonfarm jobs in the United States. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "With Jobs to Fill, Businesses Play the Visa Lottery," 27 June 2018 Texas tied for first in exports per capita, but failed to make the top five in GDP growth, startup activity, employment, nonfarm payrolls, government surplus, educational attainment of immigrants, jobs in high tech and patents. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Texas has mediocre 'innovation potential,' ranking of state economies finds," 5 June 2018 While female employment has strengthened far faster among nonfarm animal caretakers than in most jobs, the gender pay gap has worsened slightly. USA TODAY, "Women in the workforce: 20 jobs that have become dominated by women," 21 Mar. 2018 The dollar dropped as nonfarm payrolls missed expectations. Maggie Day,, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 2 June 2017 The field’s average pay is 10.4 percent higher than that of all nonfarm private-sector jobs, AGC said. Bill Zimmerman,, "Pay increasing for construction workers, report finds," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of nonfarm

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonfarm was in 1865

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