Is it another sign of rural America's alleged
's Vince Beiser observes
that California's unemployed are neglecting the abundant jobs in the state's agricultural sector. This while the Golden State's jobless ranking is among the worst
in the nation. While farmers complain that they can't find the help they need according to industry analysts, Beiser informs, the unemployed remain either unaware or uninterested in the work available in California's fruitful central valley.
"Where is the invisible hand of the market when you need it?" inquires Beiser, who likewise asks why farm wages are apparently stagnant despite increased demand for labor.
While the demand side of the equation may be a mystery to Beiser, the supply side isn't. Unemployment benefits
represent an obvious disincentive to journey elsewhere for wine grape-picking work - even as such benefits may be beneficial for one's employment prospects in the long run.
"People who receive unemployment benefits search harder and smarter for jobs than people who aren't covered," say
economists Rick McGahey and Teresa Ghilarducci. "They tend to find long-term positions that suit them."
Needless to say, low-skilled farm jobs aren't exactly the idea of an attractive long-term gig to most.
Via Pacific Standard and the Washington Post