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AC casinos shed more jobs

February 3, 2009 6:03:54 PM PST
Atlantic City's 11 casinos are shedding jobs at an alarming pace. Figures released Tuesday by the state Casino Control Commission on Tuesday show slightly more than 38,000 people were employed in the gambling halls.

That's nearly 2,700 fewer people than were working here a year ago.

In December alone, the casinos shed 566 jobs. That's compared with 78 jobs lost in Dec. 2007.

The biggest reduction came at Bally's Atlantic City, which eliminated 669 jobs in the past year. Six other casinos eliminated 300 or more jobs.

Atlantic City is struggling not only with the nationwide recession that leaves gamblers with less money to risk, but also with cutthroat competition from slots parlors in other states.

For the year, Atlantic City's casinos won 7.6 percent less from gamblers than they had a year ago.


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