New Study: Casino Industry Essential to Small Business Growth

New research reveals casino industry supports 350,000 small business jobs and spurs $52 billion in small business revenues

Report | 04.20.2017
New Study: Casino Industry Essential to Small Business Growth

The casino gaming industry is driving small business growth across the country by supporting 350,000 small business jobs – that's more than 14 times the number of Air Traffic Controllers in America, twice the number of dentists and larger than the entire freight rail industry – according to new research released by the American Gaming Association (AGA).  

“Gaming is a small business driver and champion,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of AGA. “This new report makes clear that the industry is a critical force behind good paying American jobs from coast to coast.”

Other key findings from the study include:

  • Casinos are responsible for $52 billion in annual small business revenues across real estate, finance, health care, STEM, manufacturing, information technology and other industries;
  • Casinos support roughly 350,000 small business jobs;
  • Casinos support $13 billion in small business employee wages;
  • More than half of casino industry-supported jobs are at non-gaming businesses such as local restaurants and shops that see an increase in traffic from a casino property
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