Indian Gaming Jobs Hit New All Time High

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Indian Gaming Jobs Hit New All Time High

May 18, 2004

Job growth created by California Indian casinos and their tribal governments grew by nearly 17% for the year ending April 2004, the California Indian Nations Gaming Association announced today.

Preliminary statistics supplied by the California Employment Development Department also revealed tribes employed 44,300 workers in April 2004, up .2% from the previous month and 16.6% over April 2003.

“The employment growth and the hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes and economic development being generated from tribal governments’ gaming activities is coming at a time when the state needs it most,” said CNIGA Chairman Anthony Miranda.

Statewide, unemployment was 6.2% in April. That figure is down from a revised 6.6% in March. In April 2003 the state’s unemployment rate was 6.8%.

Miranda said tribal governments are committed to the continued creation of jobs and economic development in California.

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