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The impact of the government shutdown is widespread. Here's what you need to know.


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The restaurant industry is facing a severe worker shortage amid a low unemployment rate, fewer young people in the workforce and competition from gig-economy employers. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Restaurants hungry for workers say they’ll keep hiring even though a government system to help them weed out undocumented employees is, ironically, not working because of the government shutdown over immigration.

E-Verify, a web-based Department of Homeland Security program to confirm recently hired employees are authorized to work in the U.S., is one of the government services that’s not running amid the standoff between President Donald Trump and Congress. Companies trying to use it are met with a red banner: “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed.”

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