ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Between Atlantic City’s Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza all closing around Labor Day weekend this year, Atlantic County’s September unemployment, at 11.4 percent, was a huge 1.3 percent jump from August. It marked the largest spike the county has seen in 25 years.

“Of course that’s no surprise to the economy and I think some of our workers that were here are probably transitioning to other markets,” Metropolitan Business and Citizen Association’s Gary Hill told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.

In other words, the workers are moving, Hill said.

“If it’s down south or into Pennsylvania,” he added.

But Hill says as Revel’s new owner reopens it and the new non-gaming attractions like Latitude 360 open, “we’re going to be bringing back some of those unemployment numbers.”

He says it’s the tough part of Atlantic City’s transition to a Las Vegas-style, mostly non-gaming resort town.

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