7/22 – CBSAtlanta (Video) – Survey shows restaurants experiencing labor shortage – CBS Atlanta News, Weather, Sports, Traffic – WGCL 46

Survey shows restaurants experiencing labor shortage – CBS Atlanta News, Weather, Sports, Traffic – WGCL 46

Posted: Jul 22, 2011 3:58 PM EDT Updated: Jul 22, 2011 6:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) –

The Georgia Restaurant Association conducted a survey this month which shows that Georgia’s new immigration law is having a negative impact on hundreds of restaurants.

“I was shocked at how much it has impacted the restaurant industry so quickly,” said Karen Bremer with the Georgia Restaurant Association.

Bremer is executive director of the Georgia Restaurant Association. She told CBS Atlanta News that more than 500 restaurants participated in the online survey and 49 percent of the eateries said they were experiencing a labor shortage due to House Bill 87, Georgia’s new immigration law.

CBS Atlanta News spoke with the manager of Mellow Mushroom in Brookhaven and she said they have seen about 50 percent fewer job applications.

“It’s definitely a concern because that is such a huge part of the workforce in our industry,” said Burleigh.

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