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