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Displaced casino employees get help from Atlantic County

Efforts are underway in Atlantic County to assist thousands of casino workers facing unemployment.

Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City
Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City could close without a buyer by the end of summer. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

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More than 6,500 casino workers in Atlantic City are facing layoffs in August and September due to the closings of Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza.

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said a meeting will be held on Thursday with all of the mayors in Atlantic County and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to discuss their approach to helping the displaced workers.

Levinson said they will also work with the casinos, the state and the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board to provide employees with information about unemployment benefits, severance packages and educational and employment-related programs available in the area. Officials will also use a combination of employment-finding resources and retraining to help the workers.

Despite Atlantic City’s recent troubles, Levinson remains upbeat.

“We’ll adjust to this,” he said. “Atlantic City has bounced back throughout the years and will continue to bounce back.”

Levinson said Atlantic City’s casinos went from a $5.5 billion industry to a $2.5 billion  industry, but despite the reduction, the industry is still very much alive and evolving.

The Atlantic County One Stop Career Center and Atlantic Cape May Community College are also lending a hand to displaced workers.

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