Indian Gaming Employment Grows 9.4% to Far Exceed Most Other Industries

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Indian Gaming Employment Grows 9.4% to Far Exceed Most Other Industries

September 4, 2004

While many of the state’s industries showed little or no job growth over the last 12 months, employment at California Indian gaming casinos continued its rapid growth, employing 46,400 individuals as of August, 2004.

Among industries with 20,000 or more workers, Indian gaming once again had the highest year over year growth, increasing by 9.4%, according to figures just released by the California Employment Development Department (EDD).

“Tribal government gaming is proud to continue its role as a leading creator of jobs for Indians and non-Indians alike,” said Anthony Miranda, chair of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association. “This is only the beginning.”

The Morongo Casino Resort and Spa is opening a 23-story addition in December and is hiring more than 1,000 new employees while the Pechanga Resort and Casino is hiring 1,750 people for the expansion of its facilities in November.

New or renegotiated compacts signed by nine tribes in recent months will add even more jobs in the coming months, not just in new construction but also permanent jobs in expanded Indian casinos, Miranda said.

Of 357 industries tracked monthly by EDD, nearly one-third actually lost jobs between August 2003 and August 2004, making the job growth at Indian casinos stand out even more.

“Wages paid to these employees are spent within local communities many times over and in turn create even more jobs,” Miranda said. “By most estimates, for every job created at an Indian casino, two or three other non-casino jobs are created in surrounding communities.”

Additionally, hundreds of millions of dollars are paid annually by tribal government gaming operations in sales, federal payroll, income, Social Security and other local taxes.

“The number of jobs created and the amount of taxes paid to various entities will only continue to grow as Indian gaming grows,” Miranda said.

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