WASHINGTON D.C. – Ohio’s eight casinos and racinos employed 7,168 full-time workers and paid its employees $225 million in wages, benefits and tips in 2013, according to information released Tuesday by the American Gaming Association.
“Casino gaming has created thousands of jobs in Ohio that pay well above the minimum wage and offer fulfilling careers in a range of professions that extend beyond the casino floor,” Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA, said in a news release.
Jobs in gaming include accounting, hotel management, information technology, food and beverage, retail and entertainment.
However, many jobs are part-time. In June Horseshoe Casino Cleveland said itplanned to hire 130 part-time table games dealers to increase its staff and replace those who have moved on to other casinos.
And while casino and racino officials have said employees quit because they can’t adjust to working in a business that never closes, other employees have been promoted or moved to properties in other states.
The gaming association, located in Washington D.C., represents the commercial casino entertainment industry.
Employment and revenue information was obtained from the Ohio Casino Control Commission and individual companies, AGA spokesman Christopher Moyer said Tuesday.
Ohio, which opened its first casino in 2012, is ranked 12th out of 23 states with commercial casinos in terms of total jobs, Moyer said. Indiana ranks 5th, Pennsylvania ranks 6th and Michigan ranks 10th.
Ohio will have four casinos and seven racinos when the final two racinos open this fall. The jobs report does not include a racino that opened this year.
Ohio’s casinos and racinos generated $351 million in tax revenue in 2013, which paid for education, problem gambling and addictions and local government budgets, the gaming association said.
Original article from Cleveland.com can be found here.