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Atlantic City Trump Plaza Casino to close, thousands with no job

Trump Plaza to close

Trump Plaza to close

Atlantic City, NJ has been a tourist destination for well over a century. Now the city is getting ready for a heavy round of lost jobs. According to Trump Entertainment Resorts, Trump Plaza casino will close its doors. The company announced that over 1,000 letters will go out to employees warning that they will be out of a job on September 16 of this year. This will be the fourth and perhaps the most famous of the casinos to fail in Atlantic City.

It is estimated that over 7,800 casino jobs have been lost since January 2014 and the prospects do not look good for the city or the state of New Jersey. State Sen. Jim Whalum said, “It’s a disaster; this is going to impact all sectors of the economy, from big stores to real estate values and on and on.” In the past year, the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, Revel Casino-Hotel and Showboat Casino Hotel have all announced that they will be closing at the end of the summer tourist season.

This will only fuel the dire situation for Atlantic City whose unemployment rate is 14.9 percent. Within that percentage is an estimated 25 percent being unemployed casino workers. Hardest hit is the black community, which has always depended on the Boardwalk economy. Reports are that homeless shelters are overflowing and that people are in desperate need. Because many charity groups in the area depended on donated, leftovers from the casinos, meals will be harder to come by for the poor and elderly.


  1. butterbeansuga on July 13, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    LEFT OVER FOODS? YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME ? new jersey was sponging too i quest , donald trump is doing something wrong , instead of him spending his time on tv on apprentice doing noting but showing off .. he should have been managing his hotels. this is sad , new jersey has been struggling and will go down like detroit if they not careful with this , now on top of that mexicans are coming into the states as immigrants and we already dont have jobs so can you image .what will happen next this is soooo sad ,,,, i can not believe what is happening in our country .. all those mostly black workers will be outta jobs .. this is an outrage

    • ChrisMay on September 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      I am compelled to reply to you. The “problem” is not Mexicans, it’s not Donald Trump, it is none of those things. The “problem” is that the people who feed the slot machines and other games, the people who booked hotels etc are not doing that anymore because they don’t have the money to spend. You are not alone, even Walmart is having money problems and they are bigger than the US Government. Consumers are getting wise to the fact that there are better ways to dispose of their “disposable income” than giving it to Donald Trump etc. or by risking it on the promise of some kind of bigger payoff down the road. The casinos tightened up their machines for fewer payouts and people are tired of it all anyway. So it has nothing to do with your fine city, Donald Trump or the Mexicans. It has to do with an economy that is changing the way people handle their money. Atlanta had a good run with the casinos. Atlanta enjoyed a financial gain over many years. Unfortunately, the PEOPLE of Atlanta need to figure out how to handle it with the help of their elected officials, and you need to get off blaming the people who invested billions of dollars to build for you an industry that has been very profitable for you and lasted for many years. At the end of the day, they too are the big losers in this thing, and I sympathise with you too. It’s terrible.

  2. Blackarachnia Predacon on September 16, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I went through this hell in Vegas, and Atlantic City did nothing to prepare after all the diasters that hit there? Always the wrong people in power…