The Jobs Americans Won't Do

  1. At the Harvest Select Plant
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    At the Harvest Select Plant

    Skinning, gutting, and cutting up catfish is not easy or pleasant work. For years, the Harvest Select plant in Uniontown, Alabama, has had trouble finding Americans willing to grab a knife and stand 10 or more hours a day in a cold, wet room for minimum wage and skimpy benefits.

    Photograph by Peter van Agtmael for Bloomberg Businessweek

  2. The Harvest Select Plant
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    The Harvest Select Plant

    At the Harvest Select plant in Uniontown, most workers were Guatemalan. Then Alabama's new immigration law went into effect.

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  3. Uniontown, Alabama
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    Uniontown, Alabama

    Harvest Select is scrambling to find native Alabamians to work in its Uniontown plant.

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  4. 158 Jobs
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    158 Jobs

    "I have 158 jobs," says Harvest Select President Rhodes (right, with employee Misty Norrfleet), "and I need to give them to somebody."

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  5. The Jenkins Farm
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    The Jenkins Farm

    At Ellen Jenkins's farm about 50 miles north of Birmingham, the sudden labor shortage left tomatoes rotting in the fields.

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  6. Skeleton Crew
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    Skeleton Crew

    A skeleton crew harvests tomatoes at the Jenkins farm. Only some of the crop will make it to market.

    Photograph by Andrew Lichtenstein for Bloomberg Businessweek

  7. Migrant Workers
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    Migrant Workers

    Migrant workers in Alabama cook dinner after a day of construction work on a new Holiday Inn Express in Perry County.

    Photograph by Peter van Agtmael for Bloomberg Businessweek