The New Migrant Workers: Living on the Road in RVs, Working Temp Jobs

man in cap in front of gulfstream RV - new migrant workers
man in cap in front of gulfstream RV - new migrant workers

The recession has created a new class of migrant worker -- one who travels around the country in an RV looking for temporary seasonal jobs in makeshift warehouses instead of orange groves.

Ed O'Rourke typically calls Florida home, but since early December, he and his 28-year old son Eddie have been living in a 32-foot RV parked in the small town of (11,000 pop.) Campbellsville, Kentucky. A self-employed painter, O'Rourke's business has dried up over the past two years. He heard that Amazon.com was hiring for the holiday season. However, it meant picking up stakes for the month and moving to Kentucky. Desperate and and facing the sale of his home, he packed up and headed North.