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It's not only the picking of fruit and veggies in the fields, it's also skilled craftsmen like painters, roofers, landscapers, and house builders that are in short supply as ICE cracks down on undocumented workers.
Angie's List: Shortage of Workers Impacts Skilled Trades
As one employer writes: “Our problem is finding hourly employees … to show up for a job,” he says, adding that many applicants don’t know how to run crews or do basic math. While Muth would gladly teach a newcomer, he says there are simply not enough people willing to work their way up from an entry-level position. “Nobody wants to work,” he says. “We are losing our skilled labor in the United States — it’s going away. ”
There are several reasons for the shortage including young people seeking college degrees and white collar jobs instead of trades, the ageing work force (baby boomers retiring), and changing demographics, but the problem is exasperated by denying work visas for skilled labor from outside the country and cracking down hard on undocumented workers here.