The restaurant industry isfacing a severe worker shortage amid a low unemployment rate, feweryoung people in the workforce and competition from gig-economyemployers. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Restaurants hungry for workers say they'll keep hiring eventhough a government system to help them weed out undocumented employees is, ironically, notworking because of the government shutdown over immigration.

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

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