Akron Beacon-Journal: Study: Ohio’s gambling industry contributes $3 billion to state economy

September 24, 2015

By Rick Armon 

Ohio’s casinos and racinos contributed $3 billion to the state economy last year, a new study says.

The state’s gambling industry also supported more than 17,600 jobs and generated more than $917 million in taxes, according to the American Gaming Association.

The Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group released the study, done by Oxford Economics, on Tuesday at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus.

The release is part of the group’s “Gaming Votes” initiative designed to provide a positive message about commercial gambling in the presidential campaign.

“Gaming in no longer a niche, novel industry but an economic driver in Ohio that is providing a path to the middle class in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and beyond,” said Geoff Freeman, president and chief executive officer of the association. “We encourage presidential candidates to get to know the gaming industry as they seek votes from thousands of Ohioans whose jobs depend on casinos.”

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