Statement by the California Nations Indian Gaming Association Concerning Employment Growth in California

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Statement by the California Nations Indian Gaming Association Concerning Employment Growth in California

October 16, 2002

Sacramento, CA—California tribal governments were the only employer in the state registering double-digit employment growth for the year ending in September, according to figures released this month by the state Employment Development Department. “Virtually everything else was down,” said Suzanne Schroeder, spokesperson for the state agency. Largely due to the growth in the tribal gaming industry, employment by tribal governments rose 12.1 percent for the year, according to the department’s figures. There were 35,200 persons employed in tribal businesses in August of this year, according to the department, compared with 31,500 employees in September, 2001. Employment in all other private and public sectors diminished or climbed only slightly, a trend blamed on the overall slump in the economy. “The figures show conclusively that tribal governments are providing employment growth in the state of California at a time when it needs it most,” said Brenda Soulliere, Chairperson of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association. “As tribal economies continue to evolve, there will be even more job growth for Indians and non-Indians alike.”

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