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Atlantic City Faces Employee Shortage

20 July 2005

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer: "When the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City completes the first phase of a $500 million expansion next year, its biggest problem might be filling several hundred new jobs.

"The positions range from cooks and waitresses to bar maids and dancers to staff the casino's new restaurants, retail stores and nightclubs.

"'We can't fill all the jobs,' said chief executive officer Robert Boughner, who, despite having a robust outlook for the economy, expressed reservations about having enough workers to meet the demand.

"Boughner was among a panel of executives who assessed the regional economy yesterday at a forum sponsored by the Rutgers University School of Business in Camden.

"…The gambling industry in Atlantic City, which generated $4.8 billion in revenue last year and which employs about 45,000, is a major economic engine for South Jersey.

"Boughner, the Borgata CEO, said all the casinos were undergoing expansion or renovation and were competing for workers. He said many of the resort's new attractions, like restaurants, were labor-intensive…"

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