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.

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

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

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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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