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Many older Americans are living a desperate, nomadic life

Many older Americans are living a desperate, nomadic life

The “workamper” jobs range from helping harvest sugar beets to flipping burgers at baseball spring training games to Amazon’s AMZN, +0.68% “CamperForce,” seasonal employees who can walk the equivalent of 15 miles a day during Christmas season pulling items off warehouse shelves and then returning to frigid campgrounds at night.

During her three years doing research for the book, conducting hundreds of interviews and traversing 15,000 miles, Bruder even tried living the difficult nomad life; she lasted one workweek.

I started doing some research and learned there was a whole spectrum of thousands of employers hiring people in similar situations — in oil fields, harvesting sugar beets and helping out at amusement parks.

When I went to the sugar beet harvest, it was 12 hours a day in the cold, shoveling.

Amazon contracts with an RV park and pays the CamperForce to do warehouse work loading and packing and order fulfillment.

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