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

Other Words from nonfarm

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

Examples of nonfarm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the long term, gig work could add up to 90 million jobs to India’s nonfarm economy, and account for $250 billion of transactions, according to a report from the Boston Consulting Group and Michael and Susan Dell Foundation last year. Megha Mandavia, WSJ, 29 July 2022 These include real personal income less transfers, nonfarm payroll employment, employment as measured by the household survey, real personal consumption expenditures, wholesale-retail sales adjusted for price changes, and industrial production. Ben Carlson, Fortune, 23 July 2022 In March of 2022, nonfarm payrolls increased by 431,000. Tammy Homegardner, Forbes, 19 May 2022 During the Great Recession, between 2007 and 2009, nonfarm employment dropped by 6.8 million jobs while the unemployment rate rose from 4.8% to 9.6%, according to the Federal Reserve of St. Louis. Max Zahn, ABC News, 29 June 2022 Idaho’s nonfarm jobs exceeded expectations with an increase of 3,000 jobs to 815,500 in April. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 May 2022 That would exempt the employers of about two-thirds of the nonfarm workers in the U.S. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 The leisure and hospitality sector, which used to employ more than a quarter of the region’s nonfarm workers, ground to a halt last spring. Katherine Sayre, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2021 The state’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.5% as about 5,400 nonfarm workers regained jobs in October, officials said Friday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of nonfarm

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonfarm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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