Delaware’s three commercial casinos employed 3,537 permanent workers and paid its employees nearly $146.74m in wages, benefits and tips, according to new jobs numbers for 2013 released by the American Gaming Association (AGA).
In 2013, Delaware casinos generated nearly $182m in tax revenue, which supported the state’s general fund.
“Casino gaming has created thousands of jobs in Delaware 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. “Delaware is a leader in protecting gaming jobs and positioning the industry and state to fare better against regional competition. We applaud state leaders who are working with casinos to continue strengthening their communities.”
Jobs in gaming include: accounting; hotel management; information systems; technology; software; food and beverage; retail; entertainment and more. Delaware’s three casinos are Dover Downs Hotel and Casino; Delaware Park Racetrack and Slots; and Harrington Raceway and Casino.
With gaming present in more markets today, consumers are no longer limited to a handful of options. Therefore, just as casinos are competing against each other, states are striving to implement the most favourable environment for gaming to thrive and benefit their communities. Gaming is viewed more favourably than ever, and it behoves lawmakers to join their colleagues who seek to adopt policies based on facts about gaming.
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.