Atlantic City Casino Workers to Receive $29.4 Million in Employment Assistance

New Jersey members of Congress, led by United States Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, and Congressman Frank LoBiondo, announced the awarding of up to $29.4 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The grant will benefit the Atlantic City casino workers impacted by the casino closings through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).  The National Emergency Grant (NEG) proposal filed by the State of New Jersey in December will fund employer-driven training programs and help affected workers learn new skills for reemployment in new and emerging job sectors.
“The Atlantic City economy was dealt a staggering blow with the closure of these casinos,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “For the thousands of workers who lost their jobs as a result, we are committed to providing the resources, support and training they need to get back on their feet.”
An initial funding amount of $13,154,140 will be released today with the additional amount being available as the state demonstrates a continued need.
"This National Emergency Grant is focused on the workers and will be utilized to increase occupational skills and to get those impacted by the casino closing back to work," said Booker. "This has been a unified effort, working with my colleagues in Congress to secure and expedite assistance to the thousands of New Jersey families in need and to get Atlantic City on strong footing again.”
In December, New Jersey’s bipartisan congressional delegation sent a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez advocating for the 6,500 hardworking residents of New Jersey affected by the closures of the Revel, Showboat, and Trump Plaza casinos in Atlantic City.
“I am pleased that the Obama Administration recognized the growing need for assistance in Atlantic City and answered our call for help,” said Senator Menendez. “The National Emergency Grant is an important step toward putting hard working people back to work and moving Atlantic City forward.  It will provide vital resources for skills training, job placement and increased employment opportunity to the thousands who recently lost their jobs.  I want to thank my Congressional colleagues who are unified, in a bipartisan effort, to help our residents impacted by the casino closings.”
The grant will be operated by the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board and the Cumberland Salem Workforce Investment Board, which will provide the reemployment services to the affected workers.