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Casino workers struggle with no work; Trump CFO says things will improve

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ATLANTIC CITY -

It's been more than two weeks since Hurricane Sandy, but the tourism and casino industry in Atlantic City is still dealing with crippling losses.

"It's really slow. I never, I been there almost 10 years and I never ever seen it like this," Peggy Bethea explained.

Peggy Bethea says Atlantic City may be open, but it sure doesn't look like it.

The casinos are dead and workers are losing hours everyday.

"This week we are scheduled a whole week but I just left it's so slow, I started at 7:30 and I left at 9:30," Bethea said.

The line at the Career Center in Pleasantville stretched down the street and wait times were as long as three hours. Casino workers are looking for some kind of relief and are desperate to work more hours, but the demand simply isn't there.

"Our goal is to get our employees back to work as fast as possible to do that we have to get our customers back as fast as possible. We are recovering, things are looking better we had a very good weekend, things are picking up everyday and we are bringing more and more of our employees back to work," Trump Entertainment CFO, David Hughes said.

The downward trend in the resort started in the days leading up to Sandy then everything of course came to a halt during the storm. Many employees say they lost a week of work and are now standing in lines to get assistance.

"If you want to help our employees come to Atlantic City. It's a great town and there are some great deals to be had right now, and take take advantage of these deals and come on in and lets get our people back to work," Hughes added.

The department of labor says casino workers who did not work because of Sandy may be eligible for unemployment compensation.

There is also temporary employment available for those unemployed or underemployed through the Career Center in Pleasantville.

Officials say they are hopeful for the future, but say it might not be until new years when things get back to normal.

"We still have a ways to go and the best way to get there for us is we got to get our customers back," Hughes added.

For more information on temporary employment or filing an unemployment claim you can visit the career center in Pleasantville or jobs4jersey.com

 

 

 

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