Apparently so. Despite record unemployment, farmers are having a difficult time finding willing workers. The indefinite extension of unemployment benefits by Democrats exacerbates the situation.
Depending upon which government unemployment figure you follow, nearly one in five Americans is unemployed. Yet at harvest time farmers are finding that the only willing labor has to come from a nearby penitentiary.
In Idaho, farm labor is so scarce, convicts from the minimum-security St. Anthony Work Camp are picking, sorting and packing spuds for $7.50 an hour and happy to have work outside the prison walls.
Convict labor in Arizona is up 30 percent this year... (via Mises.org)