Study says jobless rate in growing areas inflated - The Packer

Study says jobless rate in growing areas inflated

10/21/2002 12:00:00 AM
Todd Foltz

Addressing the acute shortage of workers remains a top priority at WGA because it affects growers’ ability to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables at a reasonable price, O’Connor said.

In its survey of agricultural employers, 63% of the employers reporting chronic labor shortages were in the Imperial Valley and Yuma production areas from November through May, O’Connor said. The companies that faced shortages reported lost revenues because of late and incomplete harvests. And the growers also experienced lower production and poorer quality because of fields that could not be properly maintained with a worker shortage.

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