Despite Economy, Americans Don't Take Farm Jobs

By: AP
By: AP

Visalia, California (AP) --

As the economy tanked during the past two years, a debate has raged over whether immigrants are taking jobs that Americans want. Amid the sweltering vineyards of the nation's largest farm state, the answer is no.

Most Americans simply don't apply for jobs harvesting fruits and
vegetables in California, where one of every eight people is out of
work, according to government data for a federal seasonal
farm worker program analyzed by The Associated Press.

And the few unemployed Americans who apply through official
channels usually don't stay on in the fields.

Since January, California farmers have posted ads for 1,160
farm worker positions open to U.S. citizens and legal residents
seeking work.

Only 233 people applied. One grower brought on 36 people. No one
else hired any.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2010 at 07:56 PM
    IF THEY PAID WHAT IT WAS WORTH THEY WOULD APPLY
  • by tally Location: florida on Sep 30, 2010 at 08:37 AM
    NO I don't work in the fields. I did pick cotton once when young. Any kind of work like this is hard work. My point is not work that legal immigrants do, but that they are not the lazy ones that I see alot of. Most of them work and try to take care of their families. I have seen lots of them in my line of work that do alot of work we can't get the rest to do. Most of them don't get free anything. They work on building roads, houses, and anything they can get. Some will take 2 or 3 jobs if they can get them. Their wifes will at least get a part time job. They are chamber maids or even fields if they have to. ALSO most of the immigrants aren't all Mexican. That is like saying if the skin is black,they are Afican-. They are from everywhere. We have a big version of the playing field here where I work. Over the years I have had people in better health than me and younger who just look at me,as I work. They aren't immigrants.AND they don't stay long either. Work isn't for them.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Sep 28, 2010 at 05:10 AM
    I even had a guy who worked for me for years and just quit out of the blue,no reason,plenty of work to do,and went and filed for unemployment.And I have to take time out of my workday to go contest his claim,which he will not get,unless obammy feels sorry for him and gives it anyway.He's white though,so I dout it.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Sep 28, 2010 at 05:06 AM
    Dick,you are right.Nobody wants to work.Why would someone work when they can sit on their behind's and get free housing,cars,unemployment,and free food that the mexicans pick.
  • by Sandi Location: Visalia CA on Sep 27, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    It's not field jobs Californian's are complaining about. It is all of the other jobs that Hispanics are receiving because they can communicate with their fellow countrymen. There is also a problem with Mexican workers coming into the US, working for a contractor to learn the trade and then setting up shop for less money because they do not have to pay license and the rest of the costs of doing business. When they are caught, it's a slap on the hand and they start all over again. Businesses are being run out of California by the high cost of doing business. My question is, when the businesses move out of the state, who is going to pay for all the free services currently provided to immigrants in this state, services that are not available to most of us.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2010 at 03:09 PM
    I agree with Nelson. If these companies paid what the work was actually worth then they would have more applicants, Better yet REQUIRE WELFARE RECEIPIENTS - IF PHYSICALLY ABLE TO TAKE THESE JOBS AS LONG AS THEY ARE ACCESSIBLE TO THEM.
  • by Dick Location: Tally on Sep 27, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    No one wants to work. I tried to find someone to help me tear out a 12 x 12 size floor, paying $8.00 an hour under the table, cash, no uncle Sam, net wages and no one I mean no one even called. and I blame Big Brother government on this. It is seasier to pay people to sit on the butts than to do manual labor. Thjat is okay it took me 4 part time nights to do this as I have COPD, but I was finally able to get it up.
  • by rob Location: tally on Sep 27, 2010 at 11:34 AM
    I will gladly pay 9.99 a pound to know that the vegis were picked by Americans and not some illegal labor!
  • by Al Location: Quincy on Sep 27, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    I agree totally with the previous commenter. Most 'civilized' Americans have gotten way too accustomed to having someone else do all the hard and down to the back breaking bones dirty work for them. And a lot of them even see it as being 'beneath' them. At my office, the cleaning staff was cut back, and a large trash can was placed in the hallway by the elevator so as everyone could 'take their own personal trash' to the big can in the hall - either on their way to lunch/break/home - or to the restroom. NO ONE - and I do mean NO ONE - uses the big can in the hall. It has sat empty ever since it was put there. But yet, everyone sits at their desks and moans and complains when the garbage is left sitting in the smaller interior trash cans to rot and it starts to smell and stink. AND - even yet - none of the pork bellys that bring in most of the fast food wrappers to start with will get off their lazy duffs and go empty the smelly mess even then !! REEE - DICK - YOU - LOUS !!
  • by dog Location: gone on Sep 27, 2010 at 08:42 AM
    To collect welfare/live in govt. housing or get unemployment you should have to take what ever job is offered and pass a DRUG TEST or not get MY TAX DOLLAR. We need More CHAIN GANGS & work farms then the THUG'S would think before being a CRIMINAL.
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