This is the second time in a week that I have read a story about the fact that Washington State may be looking at a record apple harvest this year, if a shortage of workers doesn't keep them from all getting picked off the trees. The first time was in the local paper, this time it's actually a story on Seattle's news channels, so that makes is a Big Deal.
Meanwhile in unrelated news that doesn't NEED to be unrelated, Washington States unemployment rate is at 8.5%, or roughly 300,000 people out of work.
Now...not all of them are just 'sitting around', and not all of them live in areas where there are apples begging to be picked. However...some of them are.
I'm not saying you just force them to go work(well, I am, but I'm also a realist who realizes I am mean, mean person, who needs to learn to offer up 'acceptable' options), but...you could offer incentives. Something like, continue to get 50% of your unemployment benefit PLUS what you make picking apples.
And if no one takes the good deal, THEN you force them to work.
I must sound like a broken record, because I had the same opinion back in May when doom and gloom stories were talking about a record asparagus harvest that was going to waste due to a lack of pickers.