OPINION: Casino workers should use US, NJ pandemic jobless benefits, as intended Editorial Board, Press of Atlantic City · April 18, 2020 at 2:52 pm Shutting down businesses across America to slow the coronavirus has cost tens of millions their jobs. In just the past three weeks, 17 million have applied for unemployment benefits. Some economists expect 28 million to be put out of work. The hospitality industry is expected to top all others with 8 million layoffs. Counting reductions in hours as well, 80% of its workers are expected to be affected. One part of the industry was specifically ordered to close on March 16 by Gov. Phil Murphy — Atlantic City’s casinos. With no customers to serve and no revenue from them, the casino hotels laid off thousands of employees.