Thousands of jobs were lost in 2014 when a handful of Atlantic City casinos shut their doors for good, so why aren't locals jumping at the chance for employment?

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Caesars Atlantic City (Michael Loccisano, Getty Images)

According to a spokesperson with Caesars Entertainment, the company has about 350 total jobs available at Bally's, Caesars and Harrah's. But the response from job-seekers has been underwhelming.

"We have a great number of jobs that span all levels of experience, entry level up through management, and the coveted jobs on the service side such as bartenders," the spokesperson told us. "We just need people who want to work and who take pride in their job."

Job listings on the Caesars Careers webpage range from Assistant Restaurant Chef to Casino Cleaner to Security Officer, with everything in between. Some jobs are full-time, some are part-time and some are on-call, and the shifts vary from daytime to graveyard.

Rummy Pandit, executive director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism at Stockton University, said a number of factors could be contributing to the lack of applicants.

The issue may be as simple as locals not being fully aware of the job opportunities available.

But other possibilities are not as settling, suggesting the death of four Atlantic City casinos in 2014 launched an exodus from the casino industry and the Atlantic City market altogether.

"I think the people who lost their jobs may have decided to move to different areas geographically," Pandit said. "You don't necessarily have that many people that are looking for these jobs."

The latest numbers put Atlantic County's unemployment rate at 7.9 percent, well above New Jersey's 5.1 percent and the nation's 5 percent.



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