Casino gaming is a top-ten private sector employer in Detroit
Total casino employee earnings are greater than the combined payrolls of Detroit’s four major sports teams
Washington, DC – Detroit’s three commercial casinos employed 7,633 permanent workers and paid its employees $401 million in wages, benefits and tips in 2013, according to new jobs numbers released today by the American Gaming Association (AGA).
Casino gaming is a top-ten private sector employer in Detroit, larger than Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, DTE Energy, Comerica Bank and other companies employing thousands of Michigan workers. Outside of automobile manufacturing and health care companies, casino gaming is the second-largest private sector employer in Detroit. However, employment decreased by nearly 350 employees from 2012 to2013.
“Casino gaming has created thousands of jobs in Detroit that pay well above the minimum wage and offer fulfilling careers in a range of professions that extend beyond the casino floor,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “Americans feel more favorably toward casino gaming than ever before, and they recognize that gaming creates jobs, boostsmall businesses and positively affects local communities. We're proud thatcasinos are playing an important role in Detroit's recovery and we look forward to being a partner for years to come.”
Michigan is home to three commercial casinos – MGM Grand, Greektown, and Motor City. The $401 million earned by casino employees in Michigan in 2013 is nearly $50 million more than the payrolls of Detroit’s four major sports teams combined.
Jobs in gaming include: accounting; hotel management; information systems; technology; software; food and beverage; retail; entertainment and more.
In 2013, Michigan casinos generated $306 million in tax revenue, which paid for public safety, capital improvements, youth programs, tax relief, neighborhood development and improvement, and infrastructure repair and improvement.
The “tax-and-torture” model adopted by many gaming communities is unsustainable. Gaming companies seek further partnerships with forward-looking policymakers who realize that punitive regulations and taxes are counter-productive and, with the right policies, casinos can be one component of a successful economic development strategy.
The AGA's “Get to Know Gaming” campaign is helping to pave the way for more states to view casino operators as partners and adopt policies that reflect that mindset. The vast majority of voters across the political spectrum recognize that casino gaming creates jobs, strengthens local businesses and benefits communities.