Montrose, Colo. (AP)- Despite high unemployment, one Western Colorado farmer says he can't find enough local workers to help pick corn. John Harold said he decided to try to hire more homegrown workers this summer because he thought more Americans needed jobs, and because the cost of hiring legal, immigrant workers rose under the federal H2A Visa program. Harold told the Montrose Daily News that he's paying the American workers $10.48 an hour and advertised in newspapers in Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
He got plenty of applicants, but he says most didn't stick with the job. He said most worked for less than six hours. For every three workers he hired, only one stayed on.