Yes, a shocker to me as well. It seems there must be something else else going on with unemployment other than a lack of jobs.
There's a different sort of drought plaguing California, the nation's largest farm state. It’s [sic] $38 billion agricultural sector is facing a scarcity of labor.
The Western Growers Association told CNBC its members are reporting a 20 percent drop in laborers this year.
There is no need for demand created by government spending; no need for extended jobless benefits. The jobs are available, and these aren’t minimum wage – paying the greater of $9.25 / hr. or $5.00 per bucket for peppers, for example.
Surely there must be a rush to fill these jobs. Let’s ask a local farmer:
When asked if any local residents have come out to apply to work in the fields, Craig Underwood replied, "None. Absolutely none." He is even having trouble finding truck drivers and other semi-skilled labor for jobs that pay $12-$18 an hour.
Eighteen dollars an hour?!?! Where is Jerry Brown? Where is Barack Obama? Why aren’t they extolling the virtues of good solid employment, instead of making matters worse by increasing taxes and spending?
The industry lost many workers to home construction during the housing boom, but those workers have not returned.
One more consequence of the Greenspan bubble, it seems.
Well, this situation will resolve itself – let’s check in with Craig again:
While standing in a field of peppers, Underwood realizes even if he doesn't have enough labor to pick his crop, Americans will still have food.
"It'll just be grown in Mexico," he said. "Or China."