By Mike DeNardo

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — With the Showboat Casino set to close next month, employees attended another in a series of job fairs today.

This job fair is one in a series of eight being held by the Showboat — which plans to close August 31st, putting 2,100 employees out of work — in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Lamont Dato, a Showboat bartender for 15 years, is hoping to find a new job but he doesn’t relish the thought of moving to the bottom of the seniority ladder.

“For a seasoned employee to have to go all the way back and start off at $9 an hour, it’s a kick in the pants,” he said today.

Another 20-year Showboat employee, who didn’t want to give his name, knows that in this environment, the job search will be tough.

“I think with all the casinos that are talking about closing, it’s going to make the prospect of finding a job very difficult,” he acknowledged.

In addition to the Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza could be closed by the end of the summer, putting as many as 6,300 people out of work.


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