NJ casino closures brings mass unemployment filing

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Approximately 300 newly laid-off casino workers were waiting on line when the doors opened at the Atlantic City Convention Center for a mass unemployment filing.

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

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

By mid-September, Atlantic City, which started the year with 12 casinos, will be down to eight, and almost 8,000 people will be out of work.

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

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