Georgia takes economy hit BC of immigration law

Georgia’s economy is projected to take a $391 million hit and shed about 3,260 jobs this year because of farm labor shortages, according to a report released Tuesday by the state’s agricultural industry.

Enlarge photo Gary Paulk of Paulk Farm in Irwin County said in June he had to abandon five acres of blackberries because he couldn't get enough workers to pick the fruit. Vino Wong, vwong@ajc.com Gary Paulk of Paulk Farm in Irwin County said in June he had to abandon five acres of blackberries because he couldn’t get enough workers to pick the fruit.

The report does not cite the reasons for the worker shortages in Georgia’s $68.8 billion agricultural industry, the state’s largest. But many farmers complained this year that Georgia’s new immigration law — House Bill 87 — has scared away the migrant Hispanic workers they depend on, putting their crops at risk.

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