This morning on the way into work I heard a local news report about how Michigan farmers are already finding themselves short of migrant workers to work in the fields and orchards. Michigan probably relies on migrant workers for this sort of work about as much as any state, and it’s easy to understand why a shortage of such workers would be alarming.
A) Is there really such a shortage? This is the first time I’ve ever heard anything about any sort of shortage of immigrants of any kind.
B) The main reason that migrant workers can’t work, we were told, was that they “don’t have the paperwork”. Don’t have the paperwork? Why don’t they have the paperwork? Did they lose it?
C) Nowhere in the news story was the word “illegal”.
D) Interestingly, the story before the migrant worker story was about how Michigan unemployment is up again. The umemployment rate in the Wolverine State is 7.1%, compared to a national average of 4.5%.
Hmmm. Too few migrant workers. Too many resident workers. Farmers short of help.
If only there was something that could be done about this.
UPDATE: Here’s a WOOD-TV News story about the migrant shortage. Nothing new, though they tacked this bit on at the end:
Less supply creates more demand, making prices at the grocery stores rise.
Look, Murdoc’s no economics major, but “less supply” does not “create more demand”.
10 people wanted asparagus, but there was only enough asparagus at the store for 8 of them. POOF! Suddenly, 13 people wanted asparagus instead of 10?
UPDATE 2: Yes, I realize that the likelihood of 10 people all wanting asparagus is astronomically small. It was a hypothetical scenario. Like the “widget”, people who “wanted asparagus” don’t really exist. Not in statistically relevant numbers, anyway.