This is not an academic question. It happened this week.
Now, I suspect there would be folks lined up to tell us everything that was wrong about that firm – low wages, not appealing work, etc. but the bottom line is that a manufacturing firm could not find 20 workers or so in an area with a 20% unemployment rate and an employment rate of around 40% (i.e. only 2 out of every five adults has a job).As always seems to be the case, the real story has nothing to do with either immigration or low wages. Here’s the coverage before it started to be spun for political purposes: