In recent reports, New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) revealed that casino employment in Atlantic City is up. With the grand opening of Hard Rock and Ocean Resort Casino (ORC) in June 2018, over 6,000 jobs came to AC. Not to mention, this is the first time since the city had 12 casinos that employment grew this high. So in essence, we’re moving in the right direction. After several bad years, it’s now evident that AC is once again back on track.
Employment Report Details
According to the official report, casino employment is actually up 20% since December 2017. In total, AC’s nine casinos reported 27,927 jobs. Which, is an increase of 5,749 from a year ago. As Director Rummy Pandit at Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming said, “Employment is stable and growing. The opening of two properties and adding 6,927 new jobs has had a positive impact on the local market.”
At the moment, the Borgata Casino continues to employ the most people with 5,620 jobs reported at the end of December. The only other casino putting up those numbers is Hard Rock Casino, they employed 3,750 workers at the end of 2018. Plus, the local casino employs 5,796 residents from AC. However, these totals will rise again once winter passes. As Pandit put it, “If employment levels sustain through the winter, then summer will definitely be positive.”
More Casino Jobs on the Way
Based on the totals submitted to the DGE, Hard Rock decreased its total employment by almost 15% since they opened. Also, Ocean Resort Casino downsized nearly 16% since its peak in July. Furthermore, every casino in AC has scaled back employment due to the slow winter months. Now that spring is a month away; the jobs will soon be returning! Even DGE Director David Rebuck said, “Now that the NJ casino industry is on the right path, we’ll have to keep fighting the good fight so that we stay in the positive.”