Summer Employment Options Limited in Seaside After Sandy Damage

April 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

Bartender Monica Maione feels lucky and relieved. Lucky to return to work this summer at Jimbo’s Bar and Grill in Seaside Heights while job seekers search for a new seasonal gig.

“I’ve had a lot of people that were like, ‘Can I just fill out an application? I want to do anything,’” Maione said. “There’s people whose jobs in this area may not be existent now, and so if they see a place like this is open, they’ll be like, ‘They’re open. I might as well apply because there’s some people that definitely won’t have their jobs this season.’”

Fewer summer jobs will likely be available for workers this season as businesses in Seaside Heights continue to recover after Hurricane Sandy.

The damaged Casino Pier will cut its workforce by 40 percent this summer — from 500 workers to about 300. The standard 200 employees will remain in the water park and they may hire throughout the summer as rides open on the pier.

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