Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
Latest Opening in Atlantic City: Unemployment Center
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
The state of New Jersey is teaming up with the union representing Atlantic City casino workers to help the thousands of croupiers, waiters and security guards who have lost their jobs in recent closings.
Unite Here Local 54 is opening a resource center in the Atlantic City Convention Center Wednesday morning. It will remain open for one week.
The New Jersey Commissioner of Labor, Harold Wirths, said state workers will be on hand to help the newly unemployed file for jobless benefits.
“They'll get up to 60 percent of their wages for up to 26 weeks, but hopefully we'll get people back to work long before the 26 weeks,” Wirths said.
The state Department of Labor is also offering help with resume writing and worker re-training grants.
More than 6,500 casino workers will have lost jobs once the Trump Plaza closes on Sept. 16. The Showboat and the Revel casinos closed at the beginning of this week.
Atlantic City’s gambling revenues have lagged as neighboring states have legalized casinos.