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Casino closings lead to mass unemployment filing

It'll be a grim day in Atlantic City today as thousands of newly laid-off casino workers are expected to turn out at the convention center for a mass unemployment filing.

The session comes after a brutal weekend that saw more than 5,000 employees at the Showboat and Revel lose their jobs.

More than 100 work stations will be set up to accommodate the newly jobless dealers, cocktail servers and other workers.

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The Revel Casino in Atlantic City on July 30, 2014.
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The Revel Casino in Atlantic City on July 30, 2014.

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Officials from the state Department of Labor and the main casino workers' union, Local 54 of Unite-HERE, will help displaced workers file for unemployment, and give them information on signing up for health insurance and other benefits.

By mid-September, four of the 12 casinos with which Atlantic City started the year will have closed, putting almost 8,000 people out of work.

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Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16, and the Atlantic Club shut down in January.

By The Associated Press