Governor creates Atlantic City displaced casino workers employment center

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ATLANTIC CITY – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced plans to create a displaced casino workers employment resource center to help those who are about to lose their jobs as the the first of three planned casino closings occurs this weekend.

The Atlantic City Unites Here Center will open 9 a.m.  Wednesday, Sept. 3. The resource center will be housed in a location provided by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in the Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Blvd., Atlantic City.

Christie’s move comes at a time when the Revel, Showboat and Trump Plaza casinos have announced plans to close their facilities in the next few weeks, displacing more than 5,000 workers in an already depressed Jersey Shore economy. The Atlantic City area leads the nation in job losses over the past year, according to U.S. Government Labor Department statistics.

Additionally, the Christie Administration Department of Labor and Workforce Development will deploy 35 staffers to the resource center to provide the following services: Information sessions on unemployment programs and services available to displaced casino workers, job training opportunities, skills assessments, resume development, job search assistance and referrals to Jersey Job Clubs, resource and assistance to file for unemployment insurance benefits, connection to other social services and assistance programs.

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