Tribal Government Employment Continues to Soar

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Tribal Government Employment Continues to Soar

December 18, 2002

Tribal government employment in California for the year ending in November rose 12.2 percent over the previous year, according to the state Employment Development Department, an increase that far exceeds any other California private or public sector employer. No other California employer achieved double-digit growth for the year ending in November, according to state figures. A chart outlining state employment can be obtained through the department or online at: https://www.calmis.ca.gov/htmlfile/subject/indtable.htm. California tribes employed 38,800 workers in November, a 12.2 percent increase over the 31,900 workers employed with tribal governments and businesses in November, 2001, according to state figures. Tribal government employment grew by 3,600 workers in just the last three months. The civilian labor force statewide for the year grew only .7 percent, according to state figures. Much of the growth in tribal government employment is being generated by the new and expanded tribal casinos. “Tribal government gaming is providing employment growth in California at a time when the state needs it most,” says Brenda Soulliere, chairwoman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, which represents gaming and non-gaming tribes. Employment by tribal governments is expected to increase significantly in the next several years as more tribes exercise their legal rights to engage in governmental gaming and tribal governments use casino revenues to diversify their economies.

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