With suffering revenue comes a waning workforce for casinos in Atlantic City. According to the Press of Atlantic City, nine casinos employed 22,352 people in August, 2,528 less than the industry’s total employment in July, with 6,233 fewer jobs than were reported in August 2019, a decrease of more than 21% year over year. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement also shows that 5,771 jobs were listed as “other,” which has typically included seasonal and temporary workers.
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The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey has increased by 722, bringing the total to 205,275, acording to Gov. Phil Murphy at todays news briefing. There were 14 new cases today in Atlantic County with no new deaths. Also during the briefing, Murphy announced that the state’s Department of Health is launching a new dashboard today to show the instances of transmission in each county at covid19.nj.gov.
A Pennsylvania woman vacationing with her family at the New Jersey shore drowned while trying to rescue her three children from rough waters according to authorities. Emergency personnel responded to the 18th Street Beach in North Wildwood around 3 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of swimmers in distress. They were able to rescue two boys, ages 8 and 10, and a 19-year-old woman, but their 49-year-old mother was soon found face down about 150 yards off the shoreline.
The lingering impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the city’s casino workforce was evident in August’s employment report. Atlantic City’s nine casinos employed 22,352 people in August, according to data from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. That figure is 2,528 less than the industry’s total employment in July.
Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed a $32.7 billion budget for New Jersey that raises taxes on the wealthy and businesses and authorizes $4.5 billion in new debt he says is necessary to keep state finances solvent. The spending plan goes into effect Thursday and will keep state government operating until June 30. It sends billions of dollars to the state’s school districts and millions to transit, makes a nearly $5 billion public pension payment, and sets aside more than $2 billion in a rainy day fund.
The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders has approved the authorization to solicit design proposals for the replacement of the bascule span of the 96 th Street bridge leading to Stone Harbor. The replacement of the bascule span was identified as the County’s most pressing priority in the recently adopted Comprehensive Bridge Replacement and Improvement Plan for County and Bridge Commission Bridges and demonstrates the County’s commitment to implementing that comprehensive plan. “This is an important step forward and underscores the Freeholders’ commitment to a timely implementation of the County’s newly adopted Comprehensive Bridge Plan,” stated Freeholder Will Morey, who oversees the County Engineer’s Office and is the liaison to the Bridge Commission. The 96 th Street bridge was constructed in 1930
-COVID-19 took its toll on Cape May County tourism as predicted, with the July numbers bringing the calculated tourism losses to 42%. The numbers are based on Occupancy Tax revenue including the latest report by the New Jersey Treasury through July 2020. Occupancy Tax represents 5% of the room rate and is levied on the lodging industry and includes hotels, motels, and Bed and Breakfast. Rentals and Campsites are excluded from charging Occupancy Tax. July’s numbers came in at $2.6 million collected, which marked a $1.6 million increase in the collection fees over June and more than the total collected from January through June. This significantly bridged the gap in the year-to-date total losses from 60% to 42%. While this number is under the July 2019 collection rate by $760,849, Cape May County fared well statewide due to the high demand in beach and outdoor activities.
Muncie non-profit Shafer Leadership Academy is providing 144 hours — or 45 hours per employee — of leadership training for supervisors and front-line leads at Tyson Foods in Portland, Indiana. Fueling this virtual partnership is a workforce grant facilitated through Eastern Indiana Works, which provides employers and job seekers a range of resources and services.
Atlantic County Health officials today reported 19 new cases of COVID-19. Health officials also reported another day with no new deaths in county. Nearly 2900 people have been cleared as recovered.
A fire house in Atlantic County has been shut down after the prosecutor’s office launched a “criminal investigation. Hamilton Township announced Tuesday morning that Mizpah Volunteer Fire Department has been “administratively closed” and that its coverage area will be handled by neighboring departments during the investigation.