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How is it here in the Central San Joaquin Valley where we commonly have double-digit unemployment that we also have 228,000 people on food stamps?

Mar 18, 2017

The L.A. Times writes today that "Wages Rise on California Farms.  Americans Still Don't Want the Job."  A peach farmer in South Carolina advertised for 2000 job openings, he hired 483, 109 didn't show up the first day, another 321 quit the first two days, and only 31 made it through the season.  

How is it here in the Central San Joaquin Valley where we commonly have double-digit unemployment that we also have 228,000 people on food stamps in Fresno County alone?  Another report states that those on disability insurance have dramatically increased, "Since 1990, the share of the working-age population receiving disability benefits has more than doubled—from about 1 in 40 individuals to about 1 in 20 today."

Silverado Farming in Stockton is having trouble getting workers for $16 an hour. They also have 401k's, 10 vacation days and 8 paid holidays.  

Farmers have raised wages, increased benefits, but still have trouble attracting workers.  The Times story says, "Silverado, the farm labor contracting company in Napa, has never had a white, American-born person take an entry-level gig, even after the company increased hourly wages to $4 above the minimum."

Farmers aren't competing with other farmers or other businesses for workers, they are competing with the welfare state.  Why work if you can get more from the government for doing nothing?
  


Wages Rise on California Farms.  Americans Still Don't Want the Job

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