Closures of Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun sting rural eastern Conn.

CLOSED FOR NOW: Foxwoods Resort Casino, above, on the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation in Ledyard, Conn., and Mohegan Sun Inc. in Uncasville, Conn., have been shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, leading to some of the biggest spikes in jobless numbers in Connectict. / AP FILE PHOTO/BOB CHILD
CLOSED FOR NOW: Foxwoods Resort Casino, above, on the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation in Ledyard, Conn., and Mohegan Sun Inc. in Uncasville, Conn., have been shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, leading to some of the biggest spikes in jobless numbers in Connectict. / AP FILE PHOTO/BOB CHILD
NORWICH, Conn. – Unemployment in eastern Connecticut is soaring, despite relatively few cases of COVID-19 in the region, largely because the pandemic forced two giant casinos to suspend operations. The closures of Mohegan Sun and the Foxwoods Resort Casino, among the world’s largest, have sent economic ripples toward local vendors, which have had to close…

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