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Casino closings lead to mass unemployment filing


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Thousands of newly laid-off casino workers are expected to turn out at the Atlantic City Convention Center for a mass unemployment filing.

The session Wednesday morning comes after a brutal weekend that saw more than 5,000 employees at the Showboat and Revel lose their jobs.

More than 100 work stations will be set up to accommodate the newly jobless dealers, cocktail servers and other workers.

Officials from the state Department of Labor and the main casino workers' union, Local 54 of Unite-HERE, will help displaced workers file for unemployment, and give them information on signing up for health insurance and other benefits.

By mid-September, four of the 12 casinos with which Atlantic City started the year will have closed, putting almost 8,000 people out of work.

Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16, and the Atlantic Club shut down in January.

The unemployment session will be the most visible manifestation of the nearly eight-year downturn plaguing Atlantic City's casino industry. Beset by ever-increasing competition In neighboring states, New Jersey's casino revenues have fallen from a high of $5.2 billion in 2006 to $2.86 billion last year.

The immediate cause of the decline was the advent of casinos in neighboring Pennsylvania, which has since surpassed Atlantic City as the nation's second-largest casino market after Nevada.

Analysts and many casino executives say the contraction in Atlantic City, while painful to workers and government finances, is a necessary response to pressures facing the market, and have predicted the remaining eight casinos will fare better with less competition.

The assistance to laid-off workers will continue for two weeks, and then be moved to a different location in mid-September after Trump Plaza closes.

Atlantic City's $2 Billion Casino Closes

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notapclib September 03 2014 at 8:31 AM

Lets see... they are New Jersey Union members... what they are going to do is sit on their tails, demand 150 weeks of unemployment handouts and sign up for SNAP, WIC, section 8 assistance, an obamaphone and ADC. Then they'll blame Bush.

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tcdesalvo September 03 2014 at 8:21 AM

So, how is that "change" working out for you?

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don1der September 03 2014 at 8:16 AM

There NOT immigrants there illegal aliens and there allowed to flood our country by the thousands, the White House is doing nothing to stop them because when they give them amnesty, (which is coming) there all future democrats

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southtexas5519 September 03 2014 at 9:32 AM

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF JOBS,JOBS,JOBS.. WHOOPS,THERE THEY GO.. SORRY... NEXT !!! THANKS OBAMA....FRIGGIN JERK-OFF....

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autounionbailout September 03 2014 at 10:39 AM

FIRST...THANK THE UNION...SECOND...THANK HUSSEIN OBAMA...

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Dave September 03 2014 at 8:31 AM

Isn't that nice. The unions are helping them fill out unemployment and health benifits forms. Wonder if this is like when Eastern Airlines went bankrupt.

The unions kept demanding more and more and the management gave in. Airplane washers were making $20.00 an hour!. Naturally, the union management moved on to other companies. The former workers were left with penions of around a lously $500. per month, provided by the government fund, after 30 years with the company.

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Mastermind Dave September 03 2014 at 11:32 AM

So the idea of somebody making a living wage doing manual labor is wrong? What do you think 20 bucks an hour buys for a family of four? That might have seemed like a good wage in say 1984, but in 2014? Plus casino's don't give employees a 40 hour week so they can screw their employees, the city and the feds out of a bunch of taxes. Plus, $500.00 per month is better than nothing which Americans now know we can expect from non-unionized 'private' corporations These casino's shut down, they have looted the 'pension' if there even was one. Unions = 1 and Casinos = 0. Again, brokers in misery but the entire Republican 'presidential' wannabe's flew down to Vegas to worship at the altar of Sheldon Adelson so we know who the Republican Party works for, We the Corporation, the sleazier the better.

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robadude32 Mastermind September 03 2014 at 1:40 PM

Wishing all people made a living wage will not make it so. Even the friggin Chinese figured that one out. DOES it ever occur to you SOCIALISM is only good until you (government) runs out of other people's money?????? Get a clue.

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English Dave September 03 2014 at 12:32 PM

You missed the point, washing airplanes was never suppose to be a career position. A company has something that needs to be done and the owner, you know the guy that has all his money invested in his business, says I am willing to pay this amount of money for someone else to do this job. If that is not enough for you to live on, than take Mrs Reagan advice and "just say No".

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fivemillion September 03 2014 at 10:12 AM

but i thought the economy was doing great. I thought unemployment was low so everyone must have a job. When these factors are in play casinos do not close.

Could someone be lying to us?

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LOUIE September 03 2014 at 8:32 AM

this what is called the trickle down affect workers get layed off the have no money to spend in a casino [no less] then all the casinos lay off. now these 5000 people from the casinos don't have money to buy stuff . so the other business they to start lay off's because of lack of sales.my job closed down in 2012 after 30 years working there. 2000 people layed off.

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plewdawg September 03 2014 at 8:14 AM

What can thye do? They have been obamafied.

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moudsie plewdawg September 03 2014 at 9:45 AM

Didn't take long before one of you fools tried to blame this on Obama--how about blaming "The Donald" or the casino owners? (and it's they not thye).

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lmslewis moudsie September 03 2014 at 1:02 PM

Thank you! it has nothing to do with Obama, all NJ politicians.....haters, they just want to blame him for everything.....get your GOP'ers to approve the jobs bill and stop blaming those who are not at fault anyway!

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sboore47 moudsie September 03 2014 at 1:41 PM

Liberals try to blame all of Obama's mistakes on Bush. What goes around comes around. Karma is a bit..

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lemmdemm plewdawg September 03 2014 at 7:36 PM

@mousie Another fan of the pathological liar. Give us all the BO successes! (that have helped the country)

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Ma Fosz September 03 2014 at 8:12 AM

This will be all of America here shortly. But how can everyone file for unemployment?

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