Thousands of people lost their jobs when five casinos closed in 2014 leaving the economy of Atlantic city devastated. Since then, casinos closing have eliminated 11,000 jobs but the picture is about to change.
On Tuesday, shuttered former Trump Taj Mahal casino began inviting applicants. This year it plans to open its revamped Hard Rock casino resort in the heart of the city.
The first event was for former Taj employees where 1400 employees applied out of 1600 invited. Hard Rock also plans to organize additional job recruiting events for non-former Taj employees.
Matt Harkness, the president of Hard Rock Cafe which plans to open this summer called it 'the first brush stroke of renaissance'. The casino is believed to create more than 3,000 jobs which would witness another boost with reopening of the former Revel casino which closed in summer 2014. Revel casino would open as the Ocean Resort casino, adding thousand more jobs.
San Diego area has attracted $1 billion casino building boom. Sycuan Casino announced its first application for director of sales and it would be inviting more than 700 job applications. With six of region's 10 casinos undergoing expansion, nearly 3,000 full and part-time jobs would be created.
With a rate of 3.3 percent of jobless people, San Diego area casinos are not only battling for customers but also for housekeepers, cooks, front desk clerks, cashiers, bartenders, valets, hospitality managers, security guards, IT workers and more.
'We are currently living in an employee's world,' Phil Blair, president of staffing agency Manpower said. He added that San Diego's thriving tourism and hospitality industry adds to pressure casinos to face in hiring, training and retaining workers.
Moreover, Viejas Casino and Resort will open a new 159-room, all suites hotel and spa on Feb 1. Barona Resort and Casino is planning to unveil its newly enlarged casino in mid-February and Pechanga Resort and Casino, in Temecula has announced a grand opening for its $300 million expansion. Pechanga held a series of job fairs last year to fill its 750 new jobs.
With such grand openings on its way, casino boom would prove to be a boon for job seekers.