Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has offered a creative idea to deal (pun intended) with our state's farm labor shortage caused by the new anti-immigrant law HB87. The state survey reported that more than 11,000 agricultural jobs remain vacant during the height of the fruit and vegetable picking season.
The agriculture industry is the highest revenue producer in Georgia (over $5 Billion) and Deal proposed that criminals on probation in Georgia can help with the shortage. It is estimated that out of Georgia’s 100,000 parolees on probation, 25 percent are unemployed.
I doube this solution will work because the state already experiences a very high unemployment rate of about 10% among the general population and the farming shortage continues. What would be the incentive for the probationers to do this work far from their homes?